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Ancient Psalter could be renamed
Macclesfield Psalter
The chronicle is considered one of the most important of its kind
The 14th Century Macclesfield Psalter - considered one of the most important medieval artefacts in existence - may be renamed.

The 1.7m Psalter thought to have been produced in East Anglia was bought by the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

It will go on show there from Tuesday for a fortnight and then will be withdrawn to be conserved and analysed.

It might be renamed after the person it was created for if scholars can discover who that was.

The museum helped save the artefact from being sent overseas, after they matched a 1.7m bid from the Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

'Previously unknown'

The book was named the Macclesfield Psalter after being discovered in the private library of the Earl of Macclesfield two years ago.

The 225-page illuminated 14th Century work, previously unknown to scholars, is considered one of the most important of its kind.

The 170x108mm illuminated manuscript was produced in East Anglia, probably at a priory at Gorleston in Norfolk .

It contains 14 miniatures of religious scenes, chiefly from the life of King David.

The miniatures also depict the patron saints of Suffolk and Gorleston Church.

The public will get another chance to see some pages from the book at an exhibition which will run at the museum between July and December.

Curators also hope that a fully restored version will be on display by 2007.

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