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Online Lecture: Interpreting the physical features of the Faddan More Psalter

In July 2006 an early medieval manuscript was unearthed from a bog in Co. Tipperary in the centre of Ireland. The widely reported event was the start of ten years of research and conservation of what is now one of the National Museum of Ireland’s top ten treasures. Dating from the late eighth century, the codex is an illuminated psalter, written in latin, from the age of the great Irish illuminated manuscripts. Although in a poor state of preservation having been entombed in the saturated bog for over a millennium, many features of the original book have somehow survived. One unexpected feature was the vegetable tanned leather cover, which seemed to draw stylistically from Near Eastern models for its form and is unknown to us in a Western context. This lecture will describe the material nature of the Psalter and some of the unique discoveries made along the way of what is the first Insular manuscript to be discovered in over two hundred years.

Dr. John Gillis is a Senior Manuscript Conservator and currently works in Trinity College Dublin at the Conservation Department, who recently published 'The Faddan More Psalter: The Discovery and Conservation of a Medieval Treasure' in conjunction with the Museum.

This online lecture was pre-recorded and broadcasted as a live event on Wednesday 13th April, 2022, at 1pm. 

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