Exhibitions/ Art Object

Ratmann Sacramentary (front cover)

1159/restored 1400
German (Hildesheim, St. Michael's)
Copper, partly gilded, and rock crystal over leather; manuscript: tempera, gold, and silver on parchment
Overall: 13 3/4 x 9 5/8 in. (35 x 24.5 cm)
Manuscripts and Illuminations
Credit Line:
Dom-Museum Hildesheim (DS 37)
Not on view
The image of Christ trampling the heads of beasts is surrounded by references to God as protector. The inscription framing the central image translates as “Majesty, who reigns over all things, who crushes those who oppose you, and who casts away those who are not with you, save us lowly creatures, we beseech you, caring one.” Beneath one of the square rock crystals is the name Ratmann, the monk who donated the manuscript to Saint Michael’s in 1159.
St. Michael's Monastery, Hildesheim (1159); Cathedral Treasury, Hildesheim (19th century); Dom-Museum Hildesheim Documentation: Victor Heinrich Elbern, Der Hildesheimer Domschatz (Hildesheim: Lax, 1969), no. 37; Michael Brandt and Arne Eggebrecht, eds., Bernward von Hildesheim und das Zeitalter der Ottonen: Katalog der Ausstellung, Hildesheim 1993 (Hildesheim: Bernward Verlag/Mainz: Ph. v. Zabern, 1993), vol. 2, pp. 605-607.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Medieval Treasures from Hildesheim," September 16, 2013–January 5, 2014.