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Walters Ms. W.536, Pontifical
Authority name: Chrysostom, John, Saint, -407
Authority name: Basil, Saint, Bishop of Caesarea, approximately 329-379
Authority name: Gregory, the Great, Saint, approximately 540-604
This manuscript contains liturgical prayers for the use of a bishop. It is among the first known works of one of the most prominent Greek scribes of the Ottoman period, Metropolitan Matthew of Myra (fl. 1596-1624). If the manuscript ever contained a note with his name, this is now lost, but the peculiar handwriting is clearly attributable to his hand.
Late 16th century CE
As-written name: Mattaios, metropolitan of Myra
Known as: Matthew of Myra
Note: Matthew of Myra is attributed as the scribe for fols. 1-110; fol. 111, added in the seventeenth century, was written by a different hand
The primary language in this manuscript is Greek, Ancient (to 1453).
Folded in quarto; fols. 1-29: watermarks very similar to Briquet, no. 568, chain distance 28 mm; fols. 30-110: watermarks generally similar to Briquet, no. 9665, chain distance 27 mm; fol. 111: paper noticeably smoother, no watermark or chains visible
Twentieth-century pencil foliation in upper right corners of rectos
Formula: 1(10,-1,2), 2(6), 3(10), 4(6-1), 5-9(8), 10(10), 11-13(8), 14(8)
Comments: Quires begin on fols. 1(1), 9(2), 15(3), 25(4), 30(5), 38(6), 46(7), 54(8), 62(9), 70(10), 80(11), 88(12), 96(13), 104(14). Fols. 72-73 of quire 10 are a tipped in bifolium; stitching at fols. 75v-76r. Last leaf of quire 14 is a replacement.
13.5 cm wide by 19.3 cm high
6.7 cm wide by 12.3 cm high
- Columns: 1
- Ruled lines: 14
- Title: Archieratikon (Pontifical)
- Contents: Fols. 1r-29r: Presbyterial prayers from the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, beginning lost; fols. 30r-71r: Presbyterial prayers from the Liturgy of St. Basil; fols. 74r-89v: Presbyterial prayers from the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts; fols. 90r-91r: rite of ordination for lectors and chanters; fols. 91r-93r: rite of ordination for a subdeacon; fols. 93r-97v: rite of ordination for a deacon; fols. 97v-102v:rite of ordination for a priest; fols. 103r-107v: rite of ordination for a priest; fols. 108r-111v: prayer of absolution
- Hand note: Fols. 1-110 written in Schörklerschrift, one hand; fol. 111 written in a seventeeth-century, archaizing, liturgical script
- Title: St. Gregory the Great
- Form: Full-page miniature
Inscribed: "Saint Gregory."
St. Gregory the Great, pope of Rome (590-604), is traditionally considered the author of the Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, the text of which follows this miniature. He is portrayed here in episcopal vestments, holding a Gospel book in one hand and blessing the faithful with the other.
The scribe Matthew of Myra is known to have been in Moscow at the time when this manuscript was copied. Judging from its style, the miniature must be the work of a Russian icon painter.
The binding is not original.
Modern; thick, acid-free paper
Henry Walters, acquired before 1931
Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters' bequest
Politis, L. “Un copiste éminent du XVIIe siècle: Matthieu métropolite de Myra.” In Studia Codicologica, eds. Jürgen Dummer and Kurt Treu. Vol. 124, Texte und Untersuchungen zur Geschichte der altchristlichen Literatur. Berlin: Akademie-Verlag, 1977, pp. 375-394, figs. 1-16.
Gratziou, Olga. Die dekorierten Handschriften des Schreibers Matthaios von Myra, 1596-1624: Untersuchungen zur griechischen Büchmalerei um 1600. Vol. 1, Sonderheft der Zeitschrift Mnemon. Athens: K. Michalas, 1982, 21f., 149, figs. 13, 15, 64.
Parpulov, Georgi. “A Catalogue of Greek Manuscripts at the Walters Art Museum.” Journal of the Walters Art Museum 62 (2004): 71-189.
Principal cataloger: Parpulov, Georgi R.
Editors: Herbert, Lynley; Noel, William
Copy editor: Joyal, Stephanie
Conservators: Owen, Linda; Quandt, Abigail
Contributors: Bockrath, Diane; Emery, Doug; Noel, William; Tabritha, Ariel; Toth, Michael B.
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