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ARMA CHRISTI, roll
England, s. XV2
The vernacul y honowr hym & the/ that the made thrugh his preute…and lest schall without hend/ Ihesu crist vs þethere send Amen. [dorse blank]
IMEV 2577. R. Morris, ed., Legends of the Holy Rood; Symbols of the Passion and Cross-Poems. EETS os 46 (London 1871) 171-93, here with text similar to London, Brit. Lib., Add. 22029, but with the picture and verses on the hammer (vv. 101-104) placed after the verses on the ladder (v. 124), and missing vv. 71-72 while vv. 77-78 were copied erroneously in their place, probably due to confusion at the break between the 2 membranes. See R. H. Robbins, “The ‘Arma Christi’ Rolls,” Modern Language Review 34 (1939) 415-21.
Parchment, roll of 2 membranes, 1,638 × 103 (1,530 × 63) mm. 148 lines of verse, very faintly ruled in ink. Written in a mixed hand with anglicana and early secretary forms. Twenty-four illustrations colored in pink, green and gold, in an unskilled style, and generally similar to those shown by Morris for Add. 22029: 1, the Vernicle with the face of Christ in the center of a large cloth, geometrically divided; 2, knife for the Circumcision; 3, pelican in its piety; 4, thirty pieces of silver; 5, lantern; 6, sword and stave; 7, rod; 8, a hand with strands of Christ’s hair and the hand that slapped him; 9, cloth to blindfold Christ; 10, dice and the unseamed coat; 11, two scourges; 12, crown of throns; 13, pillar placed sideways across the roll, and entwined with ropes; 14, standing Christ holding the cross; 15, three nails; 16, vessel; 17, rod with sponge; 18, spear; 19, ladder; 20, hammer; 21, tongs; 22, the face of Christ in the center with a Jew spitting at him from either side; 23, cross with three nails, placed sideways across the roll; 24, sepulchre with Christ’s body lying in it. Kept in a green silk bag with a drawstring; s. XIX. Written in England in the second half of the fifteenth century. Acquired by the Huntington Library at Sotheby’s, 11 April 1961, lot 139. Bibliography: Chronica, 5.
Abbreviations
Chronica
J. Preston, “Medieval Manuscripts at the Huntington: Supplement to De Ricci’s Census,” Chronica: a Newsletter Published by the Medieval Association of the Pacific 21 (1977) 2-9
EETS os
Early English Text Society original series
IMEV
C. Brown and R. H. Robbins, Index of Middle English Verse (New York 1943) and Supplement by R. H. Robbins and J. L. Cutler (Lexington 1965)

C. W. Dutschke with the assistance of R. H. Rouse et al., Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library (San Marino, 1989). Copyright 1989.
Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino, California.
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