Gospel Book

Accession number: 
MS M.828
Title: 
Gospel Book
Created: 
Ethiopia, 1400-1401.
Binding: 
Previously in wooden panels (the colophon on fol. 207 indicates the manuscript had been rebound in the 17th century); rebound for the Library in brick native-dyed goat, tooled with design of cross on a mound.
Credit: 
Purchased on the Lewis Cass Ledyard Fund, 1948.
Description: 
207 leaves (2 columns, 25-29 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 362 x 251 mm
Provenance: 
Executed for Princess Zir G-anela, grand-daughter of King 'Amda Seyon (colophon, fol. 205v); owned by Léon Gruel of Paris in 1928; Gregor Ahron; purchased December 1948 from Aron and Artim Hazarian through the Lewis Cass Ledyard fund.
Notes: 

Ms. Gospel book; written and illuminated in Ethiopia in 1400-1401 (August 29, 1400-August 28, 1401, according to the colophon on fol. 205v).
Decoration: 26 full-page miniatures, 8 decorated canon tables, 4 illuminated incipit leaves.
Balicka-Witakowska, p. 130, mentions the observation by Pirenne (J. Pirenne, Paleographic clues for classification of Ge'ez writings from the 6th to 16th century, 1982, typescript) that the canon table pages are earlier than the manuscript, dated 10th-11th century.
A note in Italian on fol. 91 in purple ink, the same ink used for the earlier foliation, reads: Manca qualchecosa fra le due pagine (something is missing between the two pages).

Script: 
Ethiopic
Language: 
Ge'ez
Century: 
Classification: