Case for a Gospel Book

Date: 10th century

Place of Production: Germany

Description: This wooden case originally housed a copy of the four gospels. Its cover is decorated with gilt; a cross shape punctuates the page adorned with gem stones, and divides it into four quarters, each of which is decorated with the animals that represent each of the four evangelists. At the centre lies a rock crystal cabochon with a picture of the Virgin and Child behind. 

Size: 12.375 in, Width: 8 in, Depth: 3.125 in

Accession Number: 528-1893

Held at: Victoria and Albert Museum

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