Wood, painted. Of the God’s - father of Amun, Irtierdji…. son of Nes-nebenteru and Djedhathormin. Scene of deceased adoring Osiris(?), Isis and four “Children of Horus”.
Period: Third Intermediate Period
Date Made: 945 - 712 B.C.E.
Black manuscripts - actually on parchment that was painted black - are amongst the rarest manuscripts we have. At the end of the fifteenth century at the court of Burgundy they were popular for a while. Well known is the black hours in the Morgan Library, but barely known is the black manuscript in Brussels (KB 9085) with dance melodies. On a black ground the notes were drawn in silver while the text was written in gold. Underneath the golden text, silvery letters indicate the dance steps.
This gilded bronze statuette of the goddess Sitatapatra is a powerful image combining both considerable detail with a simple, geometric vision of forms. The goddess is shown having a thousand heads, arms, and legs, and stands on a base decorated with double rows of lotus petals. Schematically represented, the multiplication of her heads is embodied in a cone-like headdress; while her thousand arms form a halo around her body. She wears a long garment with an elaborate jeweled belt, which was originally set with semi-precious stones. Her hands in front are frozen in a ritualized gesture (mudra). She stands astride three mountains, her many feet crushing down upon vast legions of people and animals.This sculpture, like many Tibetan images, embodies an esoteric doctrine in the organization of its formal elements that was perceived and understood only by the initiated believer. Inside the image were both a columnar staff (A1438A) and a prayer scroll (A1438C). Such deposits are not uncommon and were intended to endow the image with divine power.
Date Made: 17th - 18th Century
Manuscript title: Armenian Hymnal
Manuscript summary: This liturgical manuscript (Sharaknots or Sharakan) contains a collection of over a thousand hymns, organized into eight groups, for use in the Armenian church. Many of these hymns were composed by prominent figures in the Armenian church, while others are early translations from sacred music of the early Christian church. The texts include Armenian Khaz notation. This manuscript was written by the scribe Simeon in the year 1662 in the city of Brnakot, in the province of Siounik, an important center for liturgical manuscript production in southern Armenia. The book decoration consists of 8 headpieces, 120 ornamental and zoomorphic initials, and numerous simple red initials. The manuscript features its original Moroccan limp vellum binding with blind tooling.
Origin: Brnakot (Armenia)
Period: 17th century
Image source: Utopia, armarium codicum bibliophilorum, Cod. 3: Armenian Hymnal
( www.e-codices.unifr.ch/en/list/one/utp/0003 )
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