The binding is made of gold sheet with engraved patterns and recesses. The enameling technique is champlevé. White opaque enamel fills the background recessed areas surrounding the curvilinear decoration. The white enamel has some losses and cracks that are from mechanical damage. The dark blue enamel forming dashed borders around the perimeter and central ruby is unstable. The original enamel recipe has caused the blue enamel to break down or crizzle. The text block is secured by a single gold pin of the same size as the hinge pins on the binding. The gemstones are rubies or spinels and fluoresce under long and short wave ultraviolet light.
|6/02/2014||Examination||Examined for digitization|