Adoration of the Magi in a Gospel according to the four Evangelists

Historical period(s)
2nd half of the 13th century
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on parchment
H x W: 33 x 24 cm (13 x 9 7/16 in)
Armenia, Cilicia
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


Armenia, Christianity, illumination, Jesus Christ, Joseph, virgin
Provenance research underway.
Published References
  • George Sarton. Introduction to the History of Science. 3 vols., Baltimore, 1927-1947. vol. 3: p. 235.
  • Ioanna Rapti. Gloses Prophetiques sur l'Evangile: A Propos de Quelques Manuscripts Armeniens Enlumines en Cicilie dans les Annees 1260. no. 58 Washington. .
  • Seymour de Ricci, W. J. Wilson. Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. 3 vols., New York, 1935-1940. cat. 12, vol. 1: p. 469.
  • Colum Hourihane. Pontius Pilate, Anti-Semitism, and the Passion in Medieval Art. Princeton. figs.43, 59, 115.
  • Freer Gallery of Art. The Freer Gallery of Art. Washington. p. 16.
  • Sirarpie Der Nersessian. Armenian Manuscripts in the Freer Gallery of Art. Oriental Studies Series, no. 6 Washington, 1963. pp. 26-54, pls. 28-63.
  • Diane Cabelli, Thomas F. Mathews. The Palette of Chatchatur of Khizan. no. 40. pp. 37-40.
  • Souvenir Program Booklet: 45th Annual Convention, Washington, D.C. Washington. p. 37.
  • Ideals of Beauty: Asian and American Art in the Freer and Sackler Galleries. Thames and Hudson World of Art London and Washington, 2010. pp. 54-55.
  • Johan Carl Keyser Preus. Christmas Pages in our Libraries. vol. 18 Minneapolis. p. 57.
  • Helen Carney Evans. Manuscript Illumination at the Armenian Patriarchate in Hromka and the West. Ann Arbor. pp. 84, 113, 119, 126-142, 143-145, 147, 153, figs. 91-98; 100, 103-106, 108, 111, 113, 116, 119, 122-123, 125.
  • Sirarpie Der Nersessian. Armenia and the Byzantine Empire: A Brief Study of Armenian Art and Civilization. Cambridge, Massachusetts. pp. 85, 192, 489, pl. 22, 29, 39.
  • Archaeological Chemistry III. Advances in Chemistry Series, no. 205 Washington, 1984. pp. 243-254.
  • Avedis Krikor Sajian. Catalogue of Medieval Armenian Manuscripts in the United States. University of California Publications, Near Eastern Studies; vol. 16 Berkeley. pp. 728-733.
Collection Area(s)
Biblical Manuscripts
Web Resources
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