Decorated Text Page

Object Details

Title:

Decorated Text Page

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Byzantine

Place:

Constantinople, Turkey (Place created)

Date:

late 13th century

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold leaf, gold ink, and ink on parchment

Dimensions:

Leaf: 21 x 14.9 cm (8 1/4 x 5 7/8 in.)

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A decorative headpiece frames an inscription identifying the following text as the Gospel of Saint Mark. The anonymous scribe wrote the Greek heading in a stylized display script, employing monograms and abbreviations that are visually pleasing but a bit difficult to decipher. Indeed, a reader of the manuscript transcribed the text in the upper margin in a more easily legible script. Following the large letter alpha, the scribe used a minuscule script for the Gospel text.

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