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Gospel Book

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Description Even though this volume contains the continuous text of the four Gospels, it is written in two columns, like a Gospel lectionary (e.g., W.520 and W.535). The leaves with Evangelist portraits are dyed red, in imitation of the very expensive purple-dyed parchment occasionally used in the fifth through ninth centuries. The style of the script, ornament, and images is a bit unusual, which makes it unclear whether the book was produced in the capital, Constantinople, or in some other part of the Byzantine Empire. A somewhat similar manuscript (Bucharest, Library of the Romanian Academy, Greek 1175) is now available in digitized form at Unfortunately W.529 is too fragile to be fully digitized at this time, therefore only the binding has been imaged.
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Provenance Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem,1522 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Metochion of the Holy Sepulchre, Constantinople [no. 520/275, seen there by E. Ioannidis, 1864, by C. R. Gregory, September 6, 1886, and by A. Papadopoulos-Kerameus, 1891]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, by purchase [date of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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mid 11th century
ink and pigments on medium-weight parchment bound between squared wooden boards covered with olive brown velvet
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
Folio H: 9 13/16 × W; 7 1/2 in. (25 × 19 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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