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Sacramentary of Henry II

The splendid sacramentary was donated by the later Roman-German Emperor Henry II to the Bishopric of Bamberg, which he founded in 1007. The sacramentary was used during solemn church services in the cathedral there and was housed in the cathedral treasury up to the time of Secularization. Along with the neatly ornamental and lushly designed with gold calendar pages and texts of the Eucharistic prayers, the 14 picture pages account for the artistic value of this important work of Ottonian Book Art.

What splendor opens up before the eye of the beholder! A page overflowing with gold…

Henry II is crowned by Christ himself – a grandiose self-representation.

The Crucifixion of Christ in a masterful carving embellishes the splendid cover of the codex.