The Gospel according to St. Mark and St. Luke (both incomplete)

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Historical period(s)
11th century
Medium
Ink and color on parchment
Dimensions
H x W x D: 33.6 × 25.9 × 4.1 cm (13 1/4 × 10 3/16 × 1 5/8 in)
Geography
Armenia
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1933.5
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Manuscript

Keywords
Armenia, Gospels, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1933
Kirkor Minassian (1874-1944), New York. [1]

From 1933
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Kirkor Minassian, New York. [2]

Notes:

[1] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Kirkor Minassian 1874 - 1944

Label

This opening page of the Gospel of St. Luke is the only one from the manuscript that has been preserved. The text is framed by a double band, and unusual method of presentation, which gives the appearance of a rug, with the text taking the place of the central motif. On the basis of the style of the script and decoration, the page can be assigned to a provincial school in the region of Melitene and the Taurus Mountains and dated to the middle of the 11th century.

Collection Area(s)
Biblical Manuscripts
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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