The Heavenly Ladder: illustration from a Klimax manuscript
Color and slight gold on parchment
H x W: 15.6 x 13.2 cm (6 1/8 x 5 3/16 in)
Christianity, Byzantine Period (395 - 640), Ancient Near Eastern Art
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
early 12th century
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
The Monastery of St. John the Baptist in Constantinople (Istanbul)  To 1909 Ali Arabi, Giza, Egypt, to 1909  From 1909 to 1919 Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Ali Arabi, in Giza, in 1909  From 1920 Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920  Notes:  According to Curatorial Remark 2 in the object record: "For a full discussion of the Freer 'Klimax' miniatures, see Charles R. Morey, 'East Christian Paintings in the Freer Collection,' New York, 1914, p. 17 ff; reproduced in color on pl. II; the same also on a single sheet stored with the original. For colophon, signature and dating, see especially pp. 26-29. Date and provenance are here given as 'about 1130, and their place of origin identified as the monastery of St. John the Baptist in Constantinople.'"  See Original Miscellaneous List, Biblical Mss. section, S.I. 1486-B, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.  See note 2.  The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.
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