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Book of Mulling. IE TCD MS 60 Public Deposited

Book of Mulling. IE TCD MS 60

Shelf Mark/Reference Number
  • IE TCD MS 60 ; former shelfmark MS A.1.15
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  • Copyright The Board of Trinity College Dublin. Images are available for single-use academic application only. Publication, transmission or display is prohibited without formal written approval of the Library of Trinity College, Dublin.
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Date Created
  • circa 750-799
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Abstract
  • IE TCD MS 60, The Book of Mulling, is an Irish pocket gospel book from the second half of the 8th century. The text collection comprises the four Gospels, a liturgical service which includes the "Apostles' Creed", and in the colophon, a supposed plan of the monastery at St Mullin’s enclosed by two concentric circles. The name derives from a former notion that the scribe was the Leinster saint St Moling (d. 697), founder of Tech-Moling (St Mullins, Co. Carlow), whose subscription occurs in the colophon at the end of St John's Gospel: [N]omen scriptori Mulling dicitur. However, the manuscript is younger and the script reveals that three scribes were involved: one for the prefaces, another for the synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) and a third for St John's Gospel. It remains possible that the manuscript was copied from an autograph manuscript of St Moling. The script is a fine Irish minuscule. The decoration includes illuminated initials and three surviving Evangelist portraits: those thought to be Matthew, Mark and John (ff. 12v, 35v, 81v). They are all unaccompanied by symbols and are depicted frontally, standing and holding books (Mark with a fully draped hand, the others only partially draped). All are youthful and nimbed, and (?) Matthew is shown as a scribe, dipping his pen into an inkwell. The manuscript's jewelled shrine (cumdach) is also preserved. There are Irish words on the last page with the circular plan of the monastery. Possibly written at the monastery of Tech-Moling (now St Mullins), Co. Carlow, Ireland, in the 2nd half of the 8th century. Book-shrine commissioned in 1402 by Art MacMurrough Kavanagh (b. 1356, d. 1417). In the custody of the Kavanagh family, of Borris Idrone, Co. Carlow, in the 18th century; manuscript and shrine placed by Charles Vallancey on behalf of the family in Trinity College Dublin in the late 18th century. Manuscript remained at Trinity College Dublin; shrine returned to family in 1890s and on loan since 2001 to the National Museum of Ireland.Please see the Manuscripts & Archives Research Library’s catalogue entry for the manuscript here: https://manuscripts.catalogue.tcd.ie/CalmView/Record.aspx?src=CalmView.Catalog&id=IE+TCD+MS+60&pos=1
Provenance
  • Possibly written at the monastery of Tech-Moling (now St Mullins), Co. Carlow, Ireland, in the 2nd half of the 8th century. Book-shrine commissioned in 1402 by Art MacMurrough Kavanagh (b. 1356, d. 1417). In the custody of the Kavanagh family, of Borris Idrone, Co. Carlow, in the 18th century; manuscript and shrine placed by Charles Vallancey on behalf of the family in Trinity College Dublin in the late 18th century. Manuscript remained at Trinity College Dublin; shrine returned to family in 1890s and on loan since 2001 to the National Museum of Ireland.
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  • Bank of America Merryl Lynch
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Medium
  • ink
Support
  • vellum (parchment)
Culture
  • Irish
Digital Object Id
  • MS60_001
Source
  • 0119663

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