Item Details

Call Number: MS Gen 1498
Associated Websites: Ms Gen 1498: Book of the month.
Date of Creation: Between 1660 and 1661
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter
Content: Armenian Prayer Scroll or Phylactery, 1661 A.D.
Prayers and Bible readings intended to provide protection for the owner against disease, the Evil eye etc.; a 'hamayil' in Armenian. The script is a fine nostragir with rubricated headings and initials. The scroll is headed by a floral ornament and a cross flanked by two peacocks. The other miniatures in the text are as follows: (i) St. Nerses in blue, green, red, gold, and black. (ii) Crucifixion, Mary and John at foot of cross. (iii) Madonna and child, gold, blue and red. (iv) St. Phocas within a circle. (v) Archangel Gabriel within a circle. (vi) St. George slaying the dragon. Moderately fine. There is a colophon dated, AE 1110 (A.D. 1661).
Written for Ant'ani ordi Grigorin, whose name appears in the text.
Physical Description: Paper. c.492 x 8 cm. Supported on two rollers in wooden box with glass viewing panel.
Access: Restricted. Please apply to the Special Collections Reading Room - needs instruction in handling before access is permitted.
Language: Armenian
Material Type: Prayer
Archival History: There is evidence to suggest that this manuscript was owned by William Hunter. It is mentioned in the catalogue of the Hunterian Library (1908) and an annotated catalogue, preserved at the British Library, records that at the sale of the library of Thomas Martin of Palgrave on 28th April 1773, Hunter acquired three manuscripts. Two of these were mediaeval, but the third, lot 127, was 'an Armenian roll' for which he paid £1-11-6. (See D J Weston's 1983 article for an earlier commentary.)
Notes: Formerly Hunterian Museum E.214
Conservation: Some repair work undertaken October 2017.
Bibliography: David Weston, 'Armenian Prayer Scroll', Book of the Month article, April 2001 [, accessed March 2017]; D.J. Weston, 'An Armenian Manuscript in Glasgow University Library', Armenian Review, 1983, Summer, pp 58-62.
Exhibitions: 'Manuscripts from Two Millennia', Glasgow University Library, 20 May 1996.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

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exhibition: Manuscripts from Two Millennia 1996
Exhibition mounted to coincide with the visit of the Manuscript Society, Glasgow University Library, 20 May 1996.
provenance: Ant'ani ordi Grigorin fl.1661
provenance: Thomas Martin 1697-1771
Of Palgrave. Antiquary.
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