Decorated Text Page

Unknownlate 13th century

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

A decorative headpiece frames an inscription identifying the following text as the Gospel of Saint Mark. The anonymous scribe wrote the Greek heading in a stylized display script, employing monograms and abbreviations that are visually pleasing but a bit difficult to decipher. Indeed, a reader of the manuscript transcribed the text in the upper margin in a more easily legible script. Following the large letter alpha, the scribe used a minuscule script for the Gospel text.


  • Title: Decorated Text Page
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: late 13th century
  • Location Created: Constantinople, Turkey
  • Physical Dimensions: Leaf: 21 × 14.9 cm (8 1/4 × 5 7/8 in.)
  • Type: Folio
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Tempera colors, gold leaf, gold ink, and ink on parchment
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 98.MB.151.104
  • Culture: Byzantine
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. 65, fol. 104
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown
  • Classification: Manuscripts (Documents)

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