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W.544, Gospels


This manuscript was executed in 1115 of the Armenian era [1666 CE], and the scribe, Mik’ayel son of Bargham, identifies himself in a brief colophon on fol. 126r. Mik’ayel was a prominent scribe and artist active in second half of the seventeenth century. Close to two dozen manuscripts are associated with his name. The style of the miniatures and marginal illustrations in this manuscript is quite distinct from Mik’ayel’s own. It has been suggested that Mik’ayel copied the text and an associate, perhaps Mkrtum of New Julfa or Mkrtitch Djahenkal, who both worked in the city of Tokat, painted the images. Two folios of the manuscript are precisely dated (fol. 20r, April 24; fol. 200v, June 25), so we can observe the speed at which the scribe worked, about ninety folios per month. Another inscription on fol. 254r shows that the manuscript was later dedicated at the Church of St. Stephen.

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    1. Upper board outside

      W.544, Upper board outside
    2. Upper board inside

      W.544, Upper board inside
    3. Lower board outside

      W.544, Lower board outside
    4. Spine

      W.544, Spine
    5. Fore-edge

      W.544, Fore-edge
    6. Head

      W.544, Head
    7. Tail

      W.544, Tail

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