The art of the Book of Deer

The art of the Book of Deer

Geddes, Jane

Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 128 (1998), 537-549


This paper explores the iconography and style of the illuminations in the 10th-century Book of Deer (Cambridge Univ Lib li 6.32). Although informal and general appearance the book conforms to a group of Irish pocket gospels, it is possible that the book was produced in Scotland, with Deer Abbey being the most likely location. On f4v a sword of Anglo-Saxon or Viking type is depicted. The implications of this are examined in terms of surviving artefacts and other manuscript depictions.

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