Exhibitions/ Art Object

Guntbald Sacramentary

Made in Hildesheim, Germany
Opaque paint, gold, and silver on parchment
Overall: 12 x 7 7/8 in. (30.5 x 20 cm) Overall (Footprint Dimensions): 12 x 15 3/4 in. (30.5 x 40 cm)
Manuscripts and Illuminations
Credit Line:
Dom-Museum Hildesheim (DS 19)
Not on view
This sacramentary, containing the texts used to celebrate the Mass, is beautifully elaborated with gold and silver ornamental letters manipulated into foliate patterns and narrative scenes. In one instance, the T of Te igitur (the first words of the first prayer) is transformed into a crucifix. The attribution at the end of the book to the scribe Guntbald is uncertain, as it is written in a different and later script than the rest of the work.
St. Michael's Monastery, Hildesheim (1014–22); Cathedral Treasury, Hildesheim (19th century); Dom-Museum Hildesheim Documentation: Victor Heinrich Elbern, Der Hildesheimer Domschatz (Hildesheim: Lax, 1969), no. 19; 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. 559-562.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Medieval Treasures from Hildesheim," September 16, 2013–January 5, 2014.