Manuscript No. 32: Calendar of Feasts 14th/15th Century
- Manuscript No. 32: Calendar of Feasts 14th/15th Century
- Armenian Manuscripts
- Uniform title
- Date Created
- 14th/15th Century
- Text in minuscule bolorgir, written in one column of 18 lines. The nine calendrical tables at the beginning of the codex are in black and red bolorgir, and the initials of the titles in each column are in red or blue erkat’agir. Subtitles throughout the text are in red bolorgir, with the initials of the subtitles in red erkat’agir. Seven quires with gatherings of 10 or 12 leaves; all except the last two quires are numbered with the letters of the Armenian alphabet, written in bolorgir in the lower margin of the page.
- The codex is a defective copy of the Calendar of Feasts (Tonats’oyts’) of the Armenian Church. It contains “Part Two” of the standard text which provides the guide to the immovable feasts, and is presented in the Armenian alphabetical order (cf. Tonats’oyts’, Erkrord Hator (Jerusalem, 1900), 161-622). The contents of this copy are as follows:Fol. 1. (The beginning of the text is missing. The folio represents the last page of the introduction.)Fols. 1v-6v. (Calendrical charts. Leaves missing between fols. B and 7.)Fols. 7-54. (Alphabetical calendar, as indicated above.)Fols. 54v-64v. (Meteorological chart according to months; charts for January and December are missing.)Fols. 65-68v. (Unidentified text, without title.)Fols. 68v-71v. Havatov Khostovanim (With faith I profess). Text incomplete at the end.
- There are no colophons in the codex; hence its date of execution and provenance are unknown. The paleography suggests that the book was probably written in the 14th or 15th century.The later history of the MS is also unknown, and there is no information as to when and from whom it was acquired by Dr. Minasian.
- 71 folios
- 9.5x6.5 cm.
- Binding note
- Traditional Armenian binding of worn dark brown leather over wooden boards cut with a vertical grain. No tooling discernible. A vertical section of upper right corner of upper board is missing. No flap. Two holes on each board are evidence of fastening system, now wanting. Fragmentary raised endbands. Fragments of paper pastedowns. Edges darkened. Traditional board attachment using three loops. Sewn with red silk thread, no notches. Some sewing holes apparently no longer used; must have been rebound. Beige cloth spine lining.
- Illustrations note
- The only surviving illumination is a very badly-damaged palmette and corresponding bird-form initial (fol. 60v). The gold which outlined the traditional leaf and bird forms survives, along with smudged patches of blue, purple, green, and orange pigment.
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