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

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


Armenia, Gospels, WWII-era provenance

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

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


[1] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Kirkor Minassian 1874-1944


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.

Published References
  • 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. 13, vol. 1: p. 469.
  • Sirarpie Der Nersessian. Armenian Manuscripts in the Freer Gallery of Art. Oriental Studies Series, no. 6 Washington, 1963. pp. 1-7, pl. 1, 4, fig. 7.
  • Frederic Macler. Documents d'Art Armeniens: de Arte Illustrandi, Collections Diverses. Paris. pp. 37-38, pls. 8-10.
  • Avedis Krikor Sajian. Catalogue of Medieval Armenian Manuscripts in the United States. University of California Publications, Near Eastern Studies; vol. 16 Berkeley. pp. 709-711.
Collection Area(s)
Biblical Manuscripts
Web Resources
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