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The Gospel according to St. Mark and St. Luke (both incomplete)

Historical period(s)
11th century
Ink and color on parchment
H x W x D: 33.6 × 25.9 × 4.1 cm (13 1/4 × 10 3/16 × 1 5/8 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
This opening page of the Gospel of St. Luke is the only one from the manuscript that has been preserved. The text is framed by a double band, and unusual method of presentation, which gives the appearance of a rug, with the text taking the place of the central motif. On the basis of the style of the script and decoration, the page can be assigned to a provincial school in the region of Melitene and the Taurus Mountains and dated to the middle of the 11th century.

To 1933
Kirkor Minassian (1874-1944), New York. [1]

From 1933
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Kirkor Minassian, New York. [2]


[1] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.

[2] See note 1.

Former owner
Kirkor Minassian (1874 - 1944)
On View Location
Currently not on view
Armenia, Gospels
Collection(s) Area
Biblical Manuscripts
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
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