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Curious Objects : Silk bookmark

Curious Objects

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Made during the reign of Charles I, this delicate silk bookmark is an immensely rare survival and a masterwork of design and technical skill. Each of the thirteen strands carries a Latin quotation. Seven of these are taken directly from the Anima Christi, a medieval Catholic prayer to Jesus. That the marker was used with an embroidered Protestant Bible suggests that its original owner conformed outwardly to the state religion, whilst at the same time acknowledging a private Catholic identity. The bookmark and Bible were later owned by Princess Elizabeth (1770–1840), daughter of George III.</p>

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