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Vani Four Gospels (A-1335), 12th-13th cent.
Vani Four Gospels (A-1335), 12th-13th cent.

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Vani Four Gospels (A-1335), 12th-13th cent.; 28x21; 274 folios; parchment; Nuskhuri hand; copier: Iovane; artist: Greek Michael Koresel; site Romana monastery; Constantinople. The MS is restored, leather-bound in wooden cover. It belonged to Queen Tamar, hence it was adorned specially. The rich, festive appearance of the MS is due to the blue, green and bright red arches painted on gold ground; illuminations; Initial letters done in gold ink, miniatures of Christ and the Evangelists. The arches (4) are embellished with dynamic figures of birds and animals, conveyed with rare mastery. The images of the Evangelists are placed in two-tiered frames. Each is accompanied by compositions on the Lord’s festivals: the Nativity with Matthew, Epiphany with Mark, Annunciation with Luke, and Anastasis with John. The MS was bound in a brocade-hemmed cover and placed in two silver caskets – at present lost.
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Keywords: Georgian Byzantine manuscripts
Photographer: Mirian Kiladze
Copyright: © National Centre of Manuscripts
Date: 20 December 2006
Place: National Centre of Manuscripts, Tbilisi
Country: Georgia
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