Material Information

Series Title:
Objects of instruction : treasures of SOAS
Added title page title:
Illuminated opening to the ‘Pentecost’ : Armenian Lectionary
Added title page title:
Armenian Lectionary : illuminated opening to the ‘Pentecost’
Thoros ( Calligrapher )
Ter Yovakim ( contributor )
Ter Yovakim ( contributor )
Received in 1941.
Place of Publication:
Publication Date:
Classical Armenian
Watercolour and ink on paper ( medium )
H32.2 x W22.2 cm in


Subjects / Keywords:
Pentecost ( lcsh )
Lectionaries ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage:
Europe -- Armenia
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Европа -- Армения
49 x 32


A large ornamental headpiece of geometrical and floral design marks the beginning of the Lections for Pentecost. The manuscript, copied on paper, contains the text of the Armenian Lectionary called Chashots (‘Of Repasts’). It comprises a collection of lections of the Old and New Testaments to be read at Mass, with indications about the ceremonies performed at the Holy Places in Palestine. This large manuscript is in bolorgir script, with rubrics in red. The colophon provides details of provenance: comissioned by Archbishop Ter Maghakiay and Ter Yovhannes ‘who paid the cost for the paper but did not live to see it finished’, it was copied by Thoros and illuminated by Ter Yovakim in April 921 AE (1472 CE) in the city of Kafa in the Crimea (Text by Vrej Nersessian, from the exhibition catalogue: Objects of instruction : treasures of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Anna Contadini, Editor. London : SOAS, University of London, 2007.) ( en )
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.74.
General Note:
Calligrapher Thoros, illuminator Ter Yovakim
General Note:
Folios 273v-274r of MS 41463

Record Information

Source Institution:
SOAS, University of London
Holding Location:
Archives and Special Collections
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
MS 41463 ( soas manuscript number )
031dcfc0-e686-488a-933f-6a9d7e209b4c ( calm recordid )