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Abstract

This hymnal was completed in Constantinople on August 15, 1678 [AE 1127], by the priest Yakob Pēligratc‘i, having been commissioned by Člav, son of Nawasard, as a dedication to his sons, Astuacatur and Sahak. The structure of the hymns adheres approximately to the standard Armenian hymnal (Շաբակնոց), with minor variations in order and a few substitutions (see Sanjian in the bibliography). The book is illuminated extensively, with thirty-eight full- and half-page polychrome miniatures against gold backgrounds, eight decorated head-pieces marking the principal divisions of the hymnal, and numerous marginal miniatures marking individual hymns, including biblical figures, saints, bishops, and vignettes. The style of the miniatures is largely in imitation of western European models, though more traditional Armenian and Byzantine influences stand out, such as the vibrant color palette, an iconic frontality for depictions of saints and bishops, and the highly abstracted floral motifs and zoomorphic incipits marking hymn divisions.

Hand note

Bolorgir

Decoration Note

Thirty-eight full- and half-page polychrome and/or gilded miniatures; eight decorated head-pieces; and decorated incipits and accompanying marginal ornament for each canon division, the majority of which consists of abstract floral designs, birds, trees, and occasionally temples, but more figural elements also appear, including saints, Christ, an archangel, a bishop, and scenes of martyrdom; text frames in red double lines with black knot motifs in the four corners; rubrics in red; text in black ink

Contributors

Principal cataloger: Der Nersessian, Sirarpie

Principal cataloger: Landau, Amy

Principal cataloger: van Lint, Theo M

Cataloger: Dennis, Nathan S

Editor: Herbert, Lynley

Copy editor: Dibble, Charles

Contributor: Bockrath, Diane

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Conservator: Owen, Linda

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

Bibliography

Thanks are expressed to Professor Bernard Coulie (Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve) for kindly making available his bibliography on the Armenian manuscripts kept in the Walters Art Museum.


De Ricci, Seymour, and W. J. Wilson. Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. Vol. 1. New York: H. W. Wilson Company, 1935; p. 763, cat. no. 33.


Der Nersessian, Sirarpie. Armenian Manuscripts in the Walters Art Gallery. Baltimore: Trustees of the Walters Art Gallery, 1973; pp. 76-82, 91-92, cat. no. X, plates H, 230-241.


Sanjian, Avedis K. A Catalogue of Medieval Armenian Manuscripts in the United States. University of California Publications, Near Eastern Studies 16. Berkeley, Los Angeles, London: University of California Press, 1976; pp. 326-331, cat. no. 64.


Evans, Helen C. "Baltimore, Walters Art Gallery, MS W.547." In Treasures in Heaven: Armenian Illuminated Manuscripts. Eds. Thomas F. Mathews and Roger S. Wieck. New York; Princeton: Pierpont Morgan Library and Princeton University Press, 1994; pp. 155-156, cat. no. 14, figs. 75, 102.


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Keywords
Christian
Hymnal
Armenian
Armenia
17th century
Devotion
Colophon
Illustration
Miniature
Ornament
Turkey

Origin Place

Constantinople

Date

1678 CE

Form

book

Binding

Original Binding

Binding Description

Upper and lower wooden boards lined with smooth, medium-brown leather, blind-tooled with an outer rectangular border with four parallel lines, followed by eight-petaled rosettes; inner frame made of double lines with fleurs-de-lis in the corners and four quatrefoils framing a central diamond composed of four additional quatrefoils; a larger, single-lined diamond frames the central diamond; single vertical, horizontal, and diagonal lines intersect; two silver pins are affixed to the upper board, and two holes remain on the lower board, indicating that clasps were once attached; the leather spine of the book is not original; inner pastedown of upper board made of red-and-white-striped cloth; inside of lower board is missing its pastedown, leaving the wood exposed

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Armenian.

Provenance

Commissioned by Člav, son of Nawasard, from Šṙnuł, as a dedication to his sons, Astuacatur and Sahak

Mosēs, son of Ohanǰay, from Constantinople, owned the book in the eighteenth century, based on an inscription dated to July 10, 1712

Henry Walters, Baltimore, purchased between 1895 and 1931

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters' bequest

<< return to search Hymnal W.547

Origin Place

Constantinople

Date

1678 CE

Form

book

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Armenian.

Provenance

Commissioned by Člav, son of Nawasard, from Šṙnuł, as a dedication to his sons, Astuacatur and Sahak

Mosēs, son of Ohanǰay, from Constantinople, owned the book in the eighteenth century, based on an inscription dated to July 10, 1712

Henry Walters, Baltimore, purchased between 1895 and 1931

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters' bequest

Manuscript Overview

Abstract

This hymnal was completed in Constantinople on August 15, 1678 [AE 1127], by the priest Yakob Pēligratc‘i, having been commissioned by Člav, son of Nawasard, as a dedication to his sons, Astuacatur and Sahak. The structure of the hymns adheres approximately to the standard Armenian hymnal (Շաբակնոց), with minor variations in order and a few substitutions (see Sanjian in the bibliography). The book is illuminated extensively, with thirty-eight full- and half-page polychrome miniatures against gold backgrounds, eight decorated head-pieces marking the principal divisions of the hymnal, and numerous marginal miniatures marking individual hymns, including biblical figures, saints, bishops, and vignettes. The style of the miniatures is largely in imitation of western European models, though more traditional Armenian and Byzantine influences stand out, such as the vibrant color palette, an iconic frontality for depictions of saints and bishops, and the highly abstracted floral motifs and zoomorphic incipits marking hymn divisions.

Hand note

Bolorgir

Decoration Note

Thirty-eight full- and half-page polychrome and/or gilded miniatures; eight decorated head-pieces; and decorated incipits and accompanying marginal ornament for each canon division, the majority of which consists of abstract floral designs, birds, trees, and occasionally temples, but more figural elements also appear, including saints, Christ, an archangel, a bishop, and scenes of martyrdom; text frames in red double lines with black knot motifs in the four corners; rubrics in red; text in black ink

References

Contributors

Principal cataloger: Der Nersessian, Sirarpie

Principal cataloger: Landau, Amy

Principal cataloger: van Lint, Theo M

Cataloger: Dennis, Nathan S

Editor: Herbert, Lynley

Copy editor: Dibble, Charles

Contributor: Bockrath, Diane

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Conservator: Owen, Linda

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

Bibliography

Thanks are expressed to Professor Bernard Coulie (Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve) for kindly making available his bibliography on the Armenian manuscripts kept in the Walters Art Museum.


De Ricci, Seymour, and W. J. Wilson. Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. Vol. 1. New York: H. W. Wilson Company, 1935; p. 763, cat. no. 33.


Der Nersessian, Sirarpie. Armenian Manuscripts in the Walters Art Gallery. Baltimore: Trustees of the Walters Art Gallery, 1973; pp. 76-82, 91-92, cat. no. X, plates H, 230-241.


Sanjian, Avedis K. A Catalogue of Medieval Armenian Manuscripts in the United States. University of California Publications, Near Eastern Studies 16. Berkeley, Los Angeles, London: University of California Press, 1976; pp. 326-331, cat. no. 64.


Evans, Helen C. "Baltimore, Walters Art Gallery, MS W.547." In Treasures in Heaven: Armenian Illuminated Manuscripts. Eds. Thomas F. Mathews and Roger S. Wieck. New York; Princeton: Pierpont Morgan Library and Princeton University Press, 1994; pp. 155-156, cat. no. 14, figs. 75, 102.


Bindings & Oddities

These are pages that we pulled aside that disrupted the flow of the manuscript reader. These may be bindings, inserts, bookmarks, and various other oddities.

Upper board outside

Lower board outside

Spine

Fore-edge

Head

Tail

Keywords
Christian
Hymnal
Armenian
Armenia
17th century
Devotion
Colophon
Illustration
Miniature
Ornament
Turkey
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