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Material Information

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Series Title:
Objects of instruction : treasures of SOAS
Added title page title:
The Four Gospels
Added title page title:
Portrait of the Evangelist Saint Mark : the four gospels
A selection of William Marsden's manuscript collection was transferred from King's College London to SOAS shortly after the School's foundation in 1916.
Place of Publication:
Publication Date:
Classical Armenian
Watercolour, gold and ink on paper ( medium )
H15 x W10.9cm in


Subjects / Keywords:
Mark, Saint -- Art ( lcsh )
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Європа -- Вірменія
Европа -- Армения
Spatial Coverage:
Europe -- Armenia
49 x 32


This manuscript, copied on paper in two columns in regular bolorgir (round hand) script, is of the sixteenth century. It has no colophon, hence its date and provenance are unknown. However, the scribe has left several discreet memorials seeking prayers from future generations for the salvation of the soul of 'the unworthy scribe Movses'. A later inscription dated 8 November 1774 records that an Armenian priest named Ter Hovhannes gave the manuscript 'to a certain Englishman named Brown'. ( en )
General Note:
Formerly part of the library of the Orientalist and linguist William Marsden (1754-1836), a portion of which he presented to King's College London in 1835.
General Note:
The 'Objects of instruction : the treasures of SOAS' exhibition was funded through a generous gift from the Foyle Foundation and with the support of the Arts & Humanities Research Council.
General Note:
Source: A. Contadini (ed.), Objects of Instruction : Treasures of the School of Oriental and African Studies. London : SOAS, University of London, 2007, p.96 no.75
General Note:
Folios 82v-83r of MS 11521

Record Information

Source Institution:
SOAS, University of London
Holding Location:
Brunei Gallery
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
MS 11521 ( soas manuscript number )
af186ce4-7305-4b53-9032-c52d0fc514af ( calm recordid )