Copy of The Gospel according to the four Evangelists

Two hundred and sixty-one parchment leaves written in angular erkat’agir (uncial). Initials, paragraphs, titles, arcades, and six miniatures in colors and gold. Volume in tooled leather binding with fourchee-like cross tooled on the front cover.

Historical period(s)
12th-13th century
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on parchment
Dimensions
H x W: 33.2 x 24.6 cm (13 1/16 x 9 11/16 in)
Geography
Armenia
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1950.3
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Manuscript

Keywords
Armenia, Christianity, Gospels, illustrated, Jesus Christ, John, Moses, Peter, Saint Luke, Saint Mark, Saint Matthew, Virgin Mary, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1950
Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962), New York. [1]

From 1950
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Hagop Kevorkian, New York. [2]

Notes:

[1] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Hagop Kevorkian 1872-1962

Description

Two hundred and sixty-one parchment leaves written in angular erkat'agir (uncial). Initials, paragraphs, titles, arcades, and six miniatures in colors and gold. Volume in tooled leather binding with fourchee-like cross tooled on the front cover.

Published References
  • Sirarpie Der Nersessian. Armenian Manuscripts in the Freer Gallery of Art. Oriental Studies Series, no. 6 Washington, 1963. pp. 7-17, pls. 6-16.
  • Helen Carney Evans. Manuscript Illumination at the Armenian Patriarchate in Hromka and the West. Ann Arbor. p. 74.
  • Laura Schnieder. Freer Canteen. vol. 9 Washington and Ann Arbor. pp. 137-156, pl. 5, fig. 15.
  • The Walters Art Museum. Early Christian and Byzantine Art: An Exhibition held at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Exh. cat. Baltimore. cat. nos. 748-9, p. 148, pl. CVII.
  • Medieval Armenian Culture. University of Pennsylvania Armenian Texts and Studies, no. 6 Chico, CA. p. 280.
  • Avedis Krikor Sajian. Catalogue of Medieval Armenian Manuscripts in the United States. University of California Publications, Near Eastern Studies; vol. 16 Berkeley. pp. 711-717.
Collection Area(s)
Biblical Manuscripts
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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