The Animals Enter Noah's Ark (Genesis 6:13-7:16)

William de Brailesca. 1250 (Medieval)

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum

This page from Walters manuscript W.106 depicts a scene from the story of Noah's ark. God commanded Noah to build an ark of gopher wood, with a roof and three decks. Into the ark Noah brought two of every animal, make and female. On the lower deck are the animals, on the middle, the birds, and on the upper deck, Noah and his family. The last birds are flying into the ark, and the last animals are being escorted by an angel. The flood has already started, and the ark, with its beast-headed prow and stern, floats upon its waters, pennant flying.

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  • Title: The Animals Enter Noah's Ark (Genesis 6:13-7:16)
  • Date Created: ca. 1250 (Medieval)
  • Physical Dimensions: w9.5 x h13.2 cm
  • Type: illuminated manuscripts; folios (leaves)
  • Rights: Acquired by Henry Walters, 1903, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/
  • External Link: The Walters Art Museum
  • Medium: ink and pigment on parchment
  • Provenance: Léon Gruel, Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, June 6, 1903, by purchase [see The Diaries of George Lucas]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
  • Place of Origin: Oxford, England, United Kingdom
  • Inscriptions: [Transliteration] Above the image: ceo e[st] l[']arche noe; [Transliteration] Below the image: de cumanda noe fer un arche a tres astages e ke il me[ist] lens lui e sa fe[m]me e sa treis fiz. cham e sam e iafet e lur fe[m]mes e de bestes e de volatilie ii e ii.; [Translation] Below the image: God commanded that Noah make a three-leveled ark and that he put in it himself and his wife and their three sons, Cham, Sam, and Iafet, and their wives, and pairs of beasts and birds
  • Artist: William de Brailes