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Abstract

The Gospel text in this Constantinopolitan manuscript of ca. 1000 is now fragmentary and its folios are bound out of order. However, it provides a fine and quite early example of the so-called pearl script: a calligraphic form of minuscule handwriting that was extremely popular in the Byzantine Empire. The single surviving miniature is of interest because of the peculiar technique, similar to watercolor, in which it was painted. Another Evangelist portrait from the same set survives in Mount Athos, Docheiariou Monastery MS 56.

Text Note

Gospel Book

Hand note

Perlschrift, medium to dark brown ink, one hand

Decoration Note

One full-page miniature extant; one ornamental headpiece; rubrics in red or gold over maroon; text in dark brown ink

Contributors

Principal cataloger: Parpulov, Georgi R.

Editor: Herbert, Lynley

Editor: Noel, William

Copy editor: Joyal, Stephanie

Contributor: Bockrath, Diane

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Conservator: Owen, Linda

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

Bibliography

Clark, Kenneth. A Descriptive Catalogue of Greek New Testament Manuscripts in America. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1937, pp. 357-358.


Vikan, Gary, ed. Illuminated Greek Manuscripts from American Collections: An Exhibition in Honor of Kurt Weitzmann. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1973, pp. 70-71, cat. no. 7.


Weitzmann, Kurt. Die byzantinische Buchmalerei des 9. und 10. Jahrhunderts: Addenda und Appendix. Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1996, p. 82, figs. 640-641.


Parpulov, Georgi. “A Catalogue of Greek Manuscripts at the Walters Art Museum.” Journal of the Walters Art Museum 62 (2004): 71-189.


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Keywords
Christian
Byzantine
Gospel Book
Binding
Headpiece
Miniature
Greece
10th century
11th century
Scripture
Turkey

Origin Place

Constantinople (Istanbul)

Date

Ca. 1000 CE

Form

book

Binding

Non-original Binding

Binding Description

Reused Armenian cover originally from Venice, San Lazzaro MS 1580 (according to Guy Petherbridge); tooled brown leather over thin squared boards

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Greek, Ancient (to 1453).

Provenance

Henry Walters, acquired before 1931

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters' bequest

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Origin Place

Constantinople (Istanbul)

Date

Ca. 1000 CE

Form

book

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Greek, Ancient (to 1453).

Provenance

Henry Walters, acquired before 1931

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters' bequest

Manuscript Overview

Abstract

The Gospel text in this Constantinopolitan manuscript of ca. 1000 is now fragmentary and its folios are bound out of order. However, it provides a fine and quite early example of the so-called pearl script: a calligraphic form of minuscule handwriting that was extremely popular in the Byzantine Empire. The single surviving miniature is of interest because of the peculiar technique, similar to watercolor, in which it was painted. Another Evangelist portrait from the same set survives in Mount Athos, Docheiariou Monastery MS 56.

Text Note

Gospel Book

Hand note

Perlschrift, medium to dark brown ink, one hand

Decoration Note

One full-page miniature extant; one ornamental headpiece; rubrics in red or gold over maroon; text in dark brown ink

References

Contributors

Principal cataloger: Parpulov, Georgi R.

Editor: Herbert, Lynley

Editor: Noel, William

Copy editor: Joyal, Stephanie

Contributor: Bockrath, Diane

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Conservator: Owen, Linda

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

Bibliography

Clark, Kenneth. A Descriptive Catalogue of Greek New Testament Manuscripts in America. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1937, pp. 357-358.


Vikan, Gary, ed. Illuminated Greek Manuscripts from American Collections: An Exhibition in Honor of Kurt Weitzmann. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1973, pp. 70-71, cat. no. 7.


Weitzmann, Kurt. Die byzantinische Buchmalerei des 9. und 10. Jahrhunderts: Addenda und Appendix. Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1996, p. 82, figs. 640-641.


Parpulov, Georgi. “A Catalogue of Greek Manuscripts at the Walters Art Museum.” Journal of the Walters Art Museum 62 (2004): 71-189.


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
Byzantine
Gospel Book
Binding
Headpiece
Miniature
Greece
10th century
11th century
Scripture
Turkey
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