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The Book of Kells Tapestry

£510.00
Item Delivered Separately

This item is sent directly from our supplier therefore will arrive separately from the rest of your order.

This intriguing tapestry is from the Book of Kells which an illuminated manuscript Gospel book in Latin is, containing the four Gospels of the New Testament together with various prefatory texts and tables. It is believed to have been created c. 800 AD and is a masterwork of Western calligraphy and represents the pinnacle of Insular illumination. 
The manuscript takes its name from the Abbey of Kells, which was its home for centuries. The illustrations and ornamentation of the Book of Kells surpass that of other Insular Gospel books in extravagance and complexity. The decoration combines traditional Christian iconography with the ornate swirling motifs. Figures of humans, animals and mythical beasts, together with Celtic knots and interlacing patterns in vibrant colours, enliven the manuscript's pages. The manuscript today comprises 340 leaves or folios; the recto and verso of each leaf total 680 pages. 
Since 1953, it has been bound in four volumes. Today, it is housed at Trinity College Library, Dublin. A digitised version of the entire manuscript may also be seen online. 

  • Please note this item incurs an additional delivery fee due to the nature and weight of the item. 
  • Delivery is direct from the supplier and may take up to 3-5 working days for orders within the UK and 7-10 working days outside the UK. 
  • Please note that other purchases made in the same transaction will be delivered separately as per our normal delivery times. 
  • Tapestry fully lined. 
  • Size: 129cm x 183cm (all sizes are approximate, as the tapestry panels may vary slightly after finishing). 

Allow for up to 5 days delivery to the UK and up to 10 days for delivery outside the UK for this item. This item incurs an additional £12 delivery charge and is sent directly from our supplier so will be delivered separately from the rest of your order. See Delivery Information for further details.