Description: In the upper register, Christ tenderly touches the chin of the Sponsa with his left, and the Sponsa reciprocates the chun-chuck gesture. A golden sun engulfs and shines behind them. The lower register is divided diagonally with snow and rain in the lower left and plants and a dove in a gold ground in the upper right.
Interpretation: The coronation of the Sponsa is the culmination fo the previous mystic union miniatures.
Flanders or Upper Rhineland
The image belongs to a group of Mystical Union miniatures in which the Sponsa is represented as the bride of Christ. There are only 4 extant of the original 5, which illustrate the successive stages of the Sponsa's withdrawal into contemplation.
Rothschild Canticles (f. 66r): The connubium spiritualeRothschild Canticles (f. 68r): Lectulus floridus noster; the mystical wine cellarRothschild Canticles (f. 70r): Sleeping Sponsa; Christ instructing the handmaidens; gazelles and the hinds of the field
Collection of William Alexander Douglas, Duke of Hamilton and Brandon.
Reverend Walter Sneyd, gift from Douglas in 1856.
Sotheby, sold 16 December 1903, no.513 Bernard Quaritch, London.
Collection of Edmond de Rothschild, MS 98, sold 24 June 1968 no.1 in Paris, Palais Galliéra.
Acquired from H.P. Kraus in 1968 as the gift of Edwin J. Beinecke.
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University