TYPE: Manuscript (unbound pages)
COMPONENTS: (a) single large leaf from a Biblical codex, with double column of 35 lines of erkatgir, capitals opening each major section, torn and darkened at edges, folded across middle, somewhat scuffed, one edge reinforced with sections from another leaf, 480 by 310mm., most probably fourteenth century;
(b) two leaves most probably from a single liturgical manual, each with double column of 29/30 lines of bolorgir, red rubrics and initials, the first with large opening initial formed from a pink penwork bird, a stylised church in same penwork in the opposite margin, large floral headband with pink flower heads on a blue ground surmounted by two birds holding foliage in their beaks at head of text, the second leaf with two decorated initials formed from birds and foliage, and a large two-faced bird enclosed within foliage and a human-headed drollery with a large hooked nose and the body of a bird in the margins, second leaf with small tears to edges and slight water damage in places, overall both good condition, 275 by 180mm., sixteenth or seventeenth century;
(c) opening leaf from a Biblical text (probably a Gospel), with 3 lines of text formed from coloured birds and foliage edged with liquid gold penwork, the large initial formed from an angel with pink wings in a blue cloak holding out a golden book, these below an elaborate half-page headband with blue interlace knotwork with red flowers and coloured foliage over a dull gold ground, this surmounted by two facing birds and with a full decorated border of coloured foliage on gold grounds holding up a golden crucifix, some scuffing and losses to gold and paint, the leaf laid down on modern paper and pasted to modern black paper mount, fair condition, 240 by 158mm., seventeenth century.
(d) a green colored leaf from the opening of an Armenian Gospel Book which was made possibly as early as the late 13th century in the eastern regions of Greater Armenia or even farther east in a yet unstudied Christian community. It measures 279 x 195 cm.
NOTES: Item (a) is unusual in its combination of Erkatagir (iron script), the oldest form of Armenian writing, with the use of paper rather than parchment (see Treasures from the Ark: 1700 Years of Armenian Christian Art, 2001, no. 100 for another example of the same late date). The script here denotes respect for the subject matter.
ITEM ID: 5040