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  Image of Pembroke Hours  
Book of Hours for Sarum Use and Gallican Psalter with Canticles (Pembroke Hours)
Flanders, probably Bruges, c. 1465-70
The Master of Anthony of Burgundy

Esdras Renewing the Law. Psalm 1 in this combined Book of Hours and Psalter is illustrated with an unusual scene of Esdras (Ezra), an Old Testament priest, rewriting the law of the Lord after it was burned by his enemies. Seated in a room filled with books and scrolls and wearing eyeglasses, Esdras bends over his labors while a pile of burning books in the foreground suggests part of the narrative. The Pembroke Hours is one of the largest and most elaborately illustrated books of private devotion produced in the Low Countries in the fifteenth century.

Philadelphia Museum of Art. Gift of Mrs. Philip S. Collins in memory of her husband. 1945-65- 2, fol. 109v

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