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Portrait of Mark in a Gospel According to the Four Evangelists

Type
Manuscript
Maker(s)
Artist: Yohanes
Historical period(s)
1253
Medium
Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on parchment
Dimension(s)
H x W (overall): 24.4 x 17.9 cm (9 5/8 x 7 1/16 in)
Geography
Armenia
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1944.17
Label
This eighteenth-century Armenian leather binding that encloses a mid-thirteenth-century Gospel is decorated with silver studs, now tarnished, in the form of a cross in the upper center. A pair of small silver plaques in the shape of the "evil eye" are set on either side. The crystal, with its cruciform grooves in the center, is particularly notable; it may have held a relic at one time, underscoring the power and importance attached to Gospel books in Armenian culture.
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Keyword(s)
Armenia, Christianity, Gospels, Saint Mark, The Apostles
Collection(s) Area
Biblical Manuscripts
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum






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