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Collection: The Shape of Content in Christian Books, Broadsides, and Prints
This Ethiopian manuscript on parchment is preserved with its sturdy leather folding case, called a maḫdär, which features a shoulder strap. The carrying case was essential for the daily use of the book, as it not only gave protection to the book, but…
The "pear" is covered in green and yellow painted buckskin surmounted by a stem, while the torso is in crushed white buckskin. Within the two-part leather "box" is a manuscript by the calligrapher Michael Sull, the leaves of which echo the shape of…
This portrait of Jean Calvin features micography of the first chapter of Martin Luther's German translation of Ecclesiasticus.
Known as a Breverl, this devotional amulet belongs to a genre that enjoyed widespread popularity among Catholics in eighteenth-century Bavaria and Austria and was believed to offer talismanic protection to its owner. It usually consisted of a printed…
This folding triptych, known as a cartagloria, bears the essential texts of the Latin Mass that a priest needed to have visible during the Eucharistic ceremony. Complementing the central images of Christ on the Cross and the Last Supper, the…
Eighteenth-century Eucharistic treatise with an illustration of the Mass ceremony in progress, showing a simpler form of cartagloria on the altar in front of the priest.
Engraved devotional tryptich on paper depicting the Virgin and Child; both figures enshrined at center, depicted as hovering over ill or injured person to left and right. The single sheet of paper was cut and folded to form a small envelope that…
Miniature manuscript "library" of pious thoughts; each with a German keyword written on a small card, all housed alphabetically in six slipcase "volumes" with gilt red morocco spines (A-D; E-H; I-M; N-Q; R-U; V-Z) within a book-shaped box (9.5 cm).
Based on a set of illustrated cards first published with an instructional booklet in 1833, this edition of Elizabeth Maria Lloyd's popular Gospel lessons for children consists of the same booklet with four extensive folding panels bearing the series…
Intended for private devotion, this homemade pin cushion encloses a devotional manuscript featuring eight French prayers or mottos in praise of Jesus and the Virgin Mary. The object consists of two heart-shaped green velvet covers with gold cloth…
Devotional object that consists of a printed hinged box filled with 147 small rolled slips of paper bearing printed texts for Christian meditation. Each slip in Promise, Prayer, Poetry provides three quotations. The first is always a Bible verse. The…
An illustrated scroll displaying a moving series of color-printed illustrations called "An Illuminated Life of Christ Chronologically Arranged. Masterpiece Paintings by the World's Great Artists." When the entire scroll has been displayed, the lower…