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Golden Canon
« on: August 19, 2018, 01:19:23 PM »
Golden Canon - 6th-7th c. canon tables of the gospels illuminated in gold paint in Constantinople. The Golden Canon is the oldest surviving illuminated canon table and it beautifully illuminated with images of the Evangelists, architectural and geometric designs. Canon tables were an ancient Gospel index system developed in the 3rd-4th c. that has since been replaced by our current chapter and verse system in the 16th c. Unfortunately, only two folios from the original 6th c. Gospel survived iconoclasm. These folios were inserted by an Athonite monk named Gregory into the a new edition of the four gospels at the Monastery of Simonopetra on Mount Athos in the 12th c.

The manuscript was purchased by English physician and book collector Anthony Askew from a book seller from Mount Athos in the mid 18th c. The manuscripts are now in the British Library in London.





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