Manuscript No. 25: Ritual Book, 17th/18th Century
- Manuscript No. 25: Ritual Book, 17th/18th Century
- Uniform title
- Date Created
- 17th/18th Century
- Armenian Manuscripts
- A defective copy of the Ritual Book (Mashtots’) of the Armenian Church. Because there are many lacunae in the codex and a substantial number of leaves have been misbound, the contents are given below in the order in which they now appear in the book.Fols. 1-35v. Canon of the burial of priests (The beginning of the text is missing.)Fols. 36-46. Canon of the blessing of water.Fols. 46v-50. Canon of the blessing of a cross.Fols. 50v- 57v. Canon of the blessing of bridal vestments.Fols. 57v-68v. Canon of marriage.Fols. 68v-79. Canon of the blessing of a cross.Fols. 79v – 93v. Canon of discharging of penitents on Maundy Thursday.Fols. 93v-94. Canon of the Washing og the Feet on Maundy Thursday.Fols. 94-104. Canon of baptism. (Folios missing at the beginning of the text.)Fols. 104-106. Canon of prayer for the sick.Fols. 106v-109. Canon of the administration of Holy Communion.Fols. 109-124. Canon of burial.Fols. 126-137v. Canon of the burial of children.Fols. 138-159v. Canon of the burial of priests (These leaves have been misbound; they should have preceded fol. 1).
- Text in notragir, written in one column of 27-29 lines. Subtitles in red notragir, and initials throughout the text in large erkat’agir or notragir. There are many lacunae in the codex and numerous leaves have been misbound; hence a number of gatherings have an uneven number of leaves. The codex at one time had at least 15 quires, with gatherings of 12 leaves.
- The principle colophon is missing; hence the date of execution and provenance of the MS are unknown. However, two prayers (fols. 35v and 46), written by the same hand as the text, mention the same of the priest Ohan, who probably copied the book. The paleography suggests that the book was probably executed in the 17th or 18th century at New Julfa in Isfahan.Two inscriptions on folios 35v state that a 25-year-old man named Martiros was ordained into the priesthood on December 16, 1830; that a man named Awetik died in 1828; and that a woman named Khachkhat’un died in 1831. It is not known whether any of these individuals ever owned the codex; the same is true of Minas di Yakob, whose signature is found in the upper margin of folio 102v. Another inscription (fol. 130), however, reads: “This belongs to Abraham Grigor, 1877.” We can safely assume that the reference is to his ownership of the book.According to a notice on the inside front cover, the codex was purchased by Dr. Minasian on September 28, 1946. Yovik Edgarian is said to have acted as intermediary.
- 159 folios
- 20.5x13 cm.
- Binding note
- Traditional Armenian binding, damaged. Half of textblock is detached, and the other half is loose but is tied to the binding by string at the central board attachment loop. Spine rebacked with large piece of alum-tawed, yellowed leather which covers half of both wooden boards. Original dark brown leather (damaged) blind-tooled on front with guilloche borders and a central rectangle of knotwork. Back board has same guilloche borders and a central circular design with scattered concentric almond tool. Fore-edge flap extant, but is only half the thickness of the book. Two holes in back board are evidence of fastenings, but three holes can be seen on front board where there were once three closure pins. Fragmentary traditional red, white and black raised endbands. Cloth doublures of red, white, and brown floral printed design. Head only covered red. No notches.
- Condition note
- The book is in a poor state of preservation. Desides the damaged binding, some leaves have suffered damage from dampness; several leaves are partially torn, and a number of folios have been scribbled on.There are lacunae in the text and many leaves have been misbound. Folios are also missing at the beginning and end of the book. Folios 113-149, representing quires 2 through 6 (with a number of lacunae), should have been bound at the beginning of the codex, that is, before fol. 1.
- Illustrations note
- There is only one illustrated page (fol. 36) in the codex, consisting of a small headpiece (measuring 10.5 x 3.8 cm.) with corresponding birdform initial and barely preserved marginal palmette.The headpiece was hesitantly drawn in very fine black lines. Its frame follows the underlying rulings for the text and margins. The field is occupied by a rinceau of vines forming interlocking hearts, with trilobed buds centered in each. Colors are confidently handled; the framed field outside the rinceau is an even green, and the other forms are modeled in progressively lighter bands of red, gray-blue, or orange.The outstretched blue wing of the bird-initial, striped in red, is the only spot where directly juxtaposed colors survive. Only the inner edges of the marginal palmette survive.
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