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Monday, November 11, 2013

Ancient Manuscript Review 113 : Antique Aramaic Syriac Garshuni Christian Manuscript 1147 C.E

This is a very rare Syriac manuscript on Mazamir Davut ( Psalms of David) acquired from Turkey. It is written in Syriac Serto script and some pages were replaced and written in Arabic. Some margin notes are also written in Arabic. This manuscript I believe is dated but I could not read the script nor understand it. However there is a note written in Arabic "sanah 147" means year 147.  Hence I believe this manuscript is dated 1147 CE.
About 6 pages in this manuscript has its title illuminated in various colors. I noticed also some pages have simple illumination around the page number at the bottom of the page.

I welcome anyone who has any knowledge of this script & manuscript to shed some lights.


Title Page : Mazamir Davut ( Psalms of David)
Content    :  Psalms of David
Date         : 12th Century CE
Copyist    : Anonymous
Patron      : Nil
Origin      : Diyerbakir, Turkey
Place acquired : Istanbul
Illuminations : 6 pages
Calligraphy : Syriac Serto
Number of lines :17 lines in 2 columns per page
Inks          : Main text in black with some headings in red
Punctuation: Diacritical marks in black& red
Frame       :  Nil
History of Manuscript : from a private library in Diyerbakir
Number of folios : 124 ff
Support of writing : yellowish laid paper
Gatherings : N/A
Catchwords :bottom left on recto page
Dimensions : 20.5 cm x 15.5 cm
Binding   : Hard covers
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Purchased Price : USD
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