I haven't shared any illuminated manuscripts in awhile because I'm an amalgamation of various personae and sometimes whichever one of my masquerading personae steps into the light that's the personae that decides what I'll post. Some people call this organised chaos or disorganised organisation. I call it quirky and eccentric. And possibly frustratingly adorable. My boss and several close individuals have accepted my "freak-outs" as an extension of my personality. I don't like to do what the herd does either and force myself to pick my instagram theme either. It's probably a little better to do that but here we are. This 12th century Armenian manuscript is unique in its simplicity, coloration, and purpose. About 31,000 manuscripts still survive after continuous invasions of Armenia throughout the centuries and the more recent Armenian Diaspora where hundreds of thousands of Armenians were displaced or massacred. Illuminated manuscripts mostly recount religious teachings and gospels of the Armenians and were handed down through families. So valuable were these manuscripts it was regarded as a sacrilege to sell or damage them, or to allow the manuscripts to fall into enemy hands. Most of the manuscripts were written and illustrated by monks located in monasteries. Many manuscripts ARE very elaborate, covered in gilt and brilliant colors. However, there is another type of manuscript which was stripped of unnecessary ornamentation, lacking colored backgrounds and painted with transparent colors, often with less than perfect artistry. The example above falls into the middle of this spectrum.
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