THE HAGIOSTEPHANITES GOSPELS

MS 231
MS Short Title HAGIOSTEPHANITES GOSPELS 
Text
  1. BIBLE: GOSPELS WITH KEPHALAIA
  2. MANUEL HAGIOSTEPHANITES: POEM IN HONOUR OF ARCHBISHOP JOHN OF CRETE
  3. BIBLE: GOSPEL READINGS FOR MAUNDY THURSDAY AND GOOD FRIDAY
Description MS in Greek on vellum and paper, Cyprus, 1156, and 16th c. (text 3), 342 ff. (complete), 11 ff. paper (text 3), 23x17 cm, single column, (16x10 cm), 20 lines and 31 lines (text 3) in Greek minuscule by Manuel Hagiostephanites, scribe of Vatican Gospel Cod. Barb. gr. 449, in black and crimson, 4 pp. in crimson overlaid with gold, pericopes in gold, headings in display capitals in crimson and gold, small illuminated initials throughout, 3 large decorated and 1 historiated illuminated initials by Manuel Hagiostephanites. 4 half-page and 4 full-page miniatures of the Nicean school, very close to the St. Petersburg Gospels, Petropolitanus 105.
Binding Greece, 16th c., calf over wooden boards, sewn on 4 cords. Traces of 4 round corner pieces and a large central cross.
Provenance 1. Monastery, Cyprus (from 1156); 2. Monastery of Hagias, Andros, Greece, "Hagias 32" (before 1748 -after 1897); 3. Louis Birkigt Collection (until 1967); 4. André Cottet, Genève 10.11.1967:2; 5. H.P. Kraus cat. 159(1981). Deaccession May 2010.
Commentary The earliest dated MS so far of the hitherto little known, but important, Nicean school of illumination is from 1269. This MS dated 1156 will necessitate a complete re-evaluation of the scholarship. The signed and dated colophon over 2 pp. includes a most unusual poem (text 2) dedicated to John of Crete, archbishop of Cyprus, and a well known author. Aland 1361 and l. 2383, text category 5 (Byzantine recension).
Exhibited 1. Conference of European National Librarians, Oslo. Sept. 1994; 2. NorFa - Nordic network in Qumran studies. Symposium in Oslo 3-5. June 2004.
Place of origin Cyprus
Dates 1156 and 16c AD

Location