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Canon Table Page
Constantinople, Turkey (Place created)
late 13th century
Tempera colors, gold leaf, gold ink, and ink on parchment
Leaf: 21 x 14.9 cm (8 1/4 x 5 7/8 in.)
In the early Byzantine period Eusebius of Caesarea (about 263-about 340), a bishop and church historian, developed canon tables based on a system for indexing passages that related the same events in more than one of the four Gospels. In this Gospel book, the artist wrote each table in gold ink and surrounded it with an architectural frame. The fantastic decoration on these pages emphasizes the importance of the reader's exploration of scripture and the preciousness of the Gospel book.