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German, Hildesheim, about 1170s
Tempera colors, gold leaf, silver leaf, and ink on parchment
11 1/8 x 7 7/16 in.
MS. 64, FOL. 11

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Within the arc of heaven, the personification of Wisdom, flanked by David and Abraham, supports God the Creator. Below her is the priest Zechariah, father of John the Baptist, and below him the patriarch Jacob.

This miniature and one other develop the theme of Wisdom's role in God's creation of the world. Together with the Annunciation on the following page, these miniatures introduce the portion of the manuscript containing the chants sung by the choir at Mass. All develop the theme of the promise of Christian salvation, which was present from the time of the Creation.

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Creator's scroll to Abraham

Creator's scroll to David

Jacob's scroll

Zechariah's scroll