Border with Samuel Brought before Eli

Object Details

Title:

Border with Samuel Brought before Eli

Artist/Maker(s):

Simon Bening (Flemish, about 1483 - 1561)

Culture:

Flemish

Date:

about 1525 - 1530

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold paint, and gold leaf on parchment

Dimensions:

Leaf: 16.8 x 11.4 cm (6 5/8 x 4 1/2 in.)

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In the border, Hannah dedicates her son Samuel to the Lord, fulfilling a vow she made to God when she was barren. Medieval Christians saw this incident as a prefiguration of the Presentation of Christ, described in this text and pictured on the opposite page. The similar positions and clothing of the two priests emphasize the link between the Old Testament and New Testament events.