Medium: parchment bound between brown stamped moroccan leather with engraved and nielloed silver and jewels
Provenance: Priest T'oros, nephew of the catholicos Constantine I, Hromkla, Armenia, between 1262 and 1266; Hermitage of Ark'-akaghin, Cilicia, Armenia, 1266 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Ter Tiratur, Sebastia, Armenia 1604 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Church of the Holy Virgin, Sebastia, Armenia, between 1626 and 1881 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Church of the Holy Cross, Sebastia, Armenia, beween 1881 and 1915 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Dikran Kelekian, Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, New York, 1929, by purchase; Sadie Jones [Mrs. Henry Walters], New York, 1931, by bequest; Walters Art Museum, 1935, by bequest.
Place of Origin: Hromklay in Gaziantep, Turkey
ExhibitionHistory: Arts of the Middle Ages. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston. 1940; Early Christian and Byzantine Art. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1947; The Life of Christ. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford. 1948; The Taste of Maryland: Art Collecting in Maryland 1800-1934. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984; Illuminated Manuscripts: Masterpieces in Miniature. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985; The Nativity in Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1987-1988; Treasures in Heaven: Armenian Manuscript Illumination. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988; The Book and the Author: Portraits of the Evangelists in Eastern and Western Manuscripts. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1990-1991; Treasures in Heaven: Armenian Illuminated Manuscripts. The Morgan Library & Museum, New York; The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1994; Covered in Meaning: Book Bindings from The Walters. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1997-1998; Treasures from the Ark: 1700 Years of Armenian Christian Art. British Library, London. 2001; Byzantium: Faith and Power (1261-1557). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 2004; Byzantium, 330-1453. Royal Academy of Arts, London. 2008; The Christmas Story: Picturing the Birth of Christ in Medieval Manuscripts. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2009-2010