Illuminations & Manuscripts

Armenian Museum of America owns a small collection of 20 illuminated paintings and handwritten books dating from the 13th to the 19th century. These are primarily religious works (gospel books, hymnals, prayer books) created in monasteries, but also include works on astronomy, demonology, divination, and other issues of the day. Beautifully copied in several distinctive calligraphic styles, some have striking illuminations that transform the work into a metaphoric jewel. These are stored in the climate controlled vaults.

  1. Garabed gospel book
  2. Sharakan (hymnal)
  3. Prayer scroll