Portrait of Mark in a Gospel According to the Four Evangelists

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Maker(s)
Artist: Yohanes
Historical period(s)
1253
Medium
Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on parchment
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 24.4 x 17.9 cm (9 5/8 x 7 1/16 in)
Geography
Armenia
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1944.17
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Manuscript

Keywords
Armenia, Christianity, Gospels, Saint Mark, The Apostles, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Hagop Kevorkian 1872 - 1962

Label

This eighteenth-century Armenian leather binding that encloses a mid-thirteenth-century Gospel is decorated with silver studs, now tarnished, in the form of a cross in the upper center. A pair of small silver plaques in the shape of the "evil eye" are set on either side. The crystal, with its cruciform grooves in the center, is particularly notable; it may have held a relic at one time, underscoring the power and importance attached to Gospel books in Armenian culture.

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

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