Passionale Abbatissae Cunegundis

Passionale Abbatissae Cunegundis
'Statni knihovna CSR'
PRAHA (PRAG, Prague), Czechoslovakia
Shelf Mark:
MS XIV A 17 (Truhlar lat. 2430)
Alternate Names:
Pasional Premyslovny Kunhunty -- Pasional abatyse Kunhunty
37 folios -- 300 x 250 mm.
Date Description:
The dominican Kolda of Koldice
Mystical compositions by Kolda for Kunigunda (d. 1321), Abbess of St. George's Convent of Benedictine nuns in Prague. There are three: "Parable of the Courageous Knight," "Lamentation of the Virgin," and "Treatise on the Heavenly Mansions" (titles from commentary summary p. 228). Incipits listed on pp. 19-20.
Type of Decoration:
Color scheme throughout uses rose, light grey-blue, and yellow-green for clothing and architectural elements, red for fire and blood, a range of browns for instruments of the Passion, and black and grey for religious habits. Dedicatory frontispiece (f. 1b): Abbess Cunegonde sits on throne in Gothic architectural frame, holds crosier in left hand and reaches down with right to receive offering of book from Kolda and the canon/scribe behind him. Three coats of arms are arranged above the frame. Two angels are crowning Cunegonde. Nine nuns stand on the right side of the architectural frame, four holding books, one of these half the size of the rest. -- Arma Christi arranged in shield shape; the wounds of Christ are painted on the cross; the image takes up most of the page (f. 3a) -- Six scenes illustrating the Parable of the Courageous Knight, arranged in the margin in a vertical line, progressing from top to bottom (f. 3b) -- God creates Eve from the rib of Adam (f. 4a) -- Eve gives Adam the fruit of the tree of knowledge (f. 4b) -- Two scenes: (above) Adam and Eve expelled/(below) Devil directs them into hell (f. 5a) -- Annunciation/Nativity and Annunciation to the Shepherds (f. 5b) -- Circumcision of Jesus/Agony in the Garden (f. 6a) -- Christ captured/Mocking of Christ (f. 6b) -- One scene: Flagellation of Christ (f. 7a) -- Christ carries the Cross/Christ holds book with left hand, shows side and hand wound to kneeling nun, bloody spear stands at right of scene (f. 7b) -- Crucifixion with Mary and John on either side; Mary wringing her hands, John leading head on right hand, holding book with left/The casting of lots by three figures, and another figure holds sponge to Christ's mouth (f. 8a) -- Crucifixion with same figures, but Christ is deceased, Mary reaches out in gesture of anguish, John holds hands at his heart/Deposition: Mary holds Christ's left hand, a man (Joseph of Arimathea?) embraces Christ's torso to take him down, John holds His feet, a figure on a ladder takes the nail from Christ's left hand/Entombment: Mary holds Christ's shoulders, Joseph his feet, John and another woman are present, standing (f. 8b) -- Resurrection: Christ steps out of tomb, shocked soldiers in front of tomb, David stands at side playing psaltery, inscription quotes Ps 56/Harrowing of Hell/Christ in Majesty: He is enthroned in mandorla, Joachim and Anna on his left, John the Baptist, Adam, and Eve on his right; Angels crown Adam and Eve, place haloes on Joachim and Anna (f. 9a) -- A full page arrangement of many of the Arma Christi, all labeled; approximately at center is Christ on the cross, but he holds the branch and flagellum in his left hand and the end of a scroll in his right; at upper left is an image of the Agony in the Garden (f. 10a) -- The Virgin stands alone, leaning her head against her left hand (f. 11a) -- Three Marys meet an angel at the empty tomb/they adore at the feet of the Risen Christ (f. 14a) -- Mary Magdalene addresses the reclining Virgin; the two other Marys, Peter and John stand by and listen/Virgin embraces risen Christ, at her side stand two Marys, beside Christ stand two angels, one holding globus cruciger (f. 14b) -- John and Peter find the empty tomb/Clephas and Luke meet Christ disguised as a pilgrim on the road to Emmaus/They recognize him as he breaks bread at the table (f. 15a) -- Christ appears to the Apostles, shows his wounds/Thomas places his fingers in the side wound, John and another apostle stand on either side of them them/Peter and John sit in one boat, Thomas and Nathaniel in another boat, they hold a net between them in the fish-filled water; Christ on the shore invites them to eat with him, pointing to a fish on a grill (f. 15b) -- Christ and the Virgin embrace, standing; their faces touch, Christ doing chin chuck gesture, Virgin's arms are around his shoulders (f. 16b) -- Ascension: the "disappearing Christ" type, his blessing hand and feet are still visible beneath cloud, his footprints left on top of mountain that divides Apostles, six on either side, with the Virgin on the left side/Pentecost: Virgin seated, frontal, in center with Peter and John right next to her; Holy Spirit as dove with cruciform halo descends at center, gold rays extending from it toward all the Apostles/Dormition: Christ holds crowned soul of Mary in center, behind her bed, Apostles arranged on either side; bed has Gothic architectural design (f. 17a) -- Architectural frame the length of the text block frames the crowning of Mary as Queen of Heaven; Christ seated on right side of long bench throne hands scepter to Mary and places crown on her head, two angels stand behind; David plays the psaltery in smaller arch below throne; Main text block ends about a third of the way down, below text is a scene of Christ guiding Joseph of Arimathea out of a tower and embracing him, their faces touching; a decorative flower design is arrayed across the background (f. 17b) -- Beginning of treatise on heavenly dwellings: Image in margin is slightly longer than text block and its width extends into the space where text would normally be; The main part of the image, in the margin, is divided into a left and right section by an architectural frame. On the left, the largest figure, Christ, takes the wrist of a woman half his size and leads her and two others toward an angel on his other side. His pointing right hand extends into the text space, over the angel and under an extension of the architectural frame. The right side of the frame is divided into four smaller, stacked arches in which three-quarter figure angels play instruments (f. 18a) -- Mary and Christ enthroned above the orders of angels; the types of angels are divided into nine sections of an architectural frame, three sections wide, three long (f. 20a) -- Mary and Christ enthroned above the communion of saints, in arrangement similar to angels (f. 22b)
Musical Notation:
Call Number:
Medieval [7th Floor Hesburgh] Reference (Rm. 715) BV 5075 .U75 1975 Non-Circulating
Commentary Volume:
Nature of Facsimile:
Complete -- Full-size -- Photographic with margins -- Monochrome, but the numerous pages with miniatures are in color.
Edice České dějiny, sv. 48
Publication Date:
Place of Publication:
Prag, Czechoslovakia
The introduction is in Czech, with a summary in German on pp. 230-232, in Russian on pp. 225-227. and in French pp. 228-229.
Type of Text:
astrological, devotional, monastic, mystical, religious, verse