Armenian songbook.

Record ID: 
181810
Accession number: 
MS W.7
Title: 
Armenian songbook.
Created: 
Turkey, 1418.
Binding: 
Traditional Armenian binding covered by enameled, cloisonné enameled, jeweled, silver repoussé covers, with hinged silver spine, nailed to covers; executed by the silversmiths Karapet and Yakob in Kayseri in 1653, according to the inscription on the spine. These covers are thus the earliest known Kayseri silver bindings. The front cover shows a theme common in Jesuit iconography, the Adoration of the Holy Name of Jesus; on the back cover is the young Christ holding the Tablets of the Law(?) surrounded by nine music-making angels. The inscribed silver spine is hinged to both covers and decorated with a cloisonné enameled border with a portrait of Christ at the top.
Credit: 
Gift of Julia Parker Wightman, April, 1993.
Description: 
282 leaves (1 column, 15 lines with musical notation), bound : paper and vellum, ill. ; 115 x 83 mm.
Provenance: 
Commissioned by Yovhannēs the monk in 1418; Julia Parker Wightman; no JPW number; given in April, 1993.
Notes: 

Ms. songbook; written and illuminated in Turkey, Erzincan region, Kap'os monastery, in 1418.
Scribe: Aristakēs Sebastats'i.
Decoration: 1 full-page miniature (author/donor frontispiece), 10 decorated headpieces (4 with half-figures).
Artist: probably Aristakēs Sebastats'i.
The colophon on fols 270v-273v states that Yovhannēs the monk had this songbook made by the scribe Aristakēs Sebastats'i at the monastery of Kap'os at the church of St. James near Erzincan in the year 1418.

Script: 
bolorgir
Language: 
Armenian
Century: 
Classification: