Made in Syria, Byzantine Palestine, Constantinople (?)
Gold ink on parchment; 1 bifolium
Bifolium: 19 11/16 x 22 1/4 in. (50 x 56.5 cm)
Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris (suppl. grec 1286), folios 13, 16
Not on view
This sumptuous bifolium from a luxurious Gospel of Matthew, dyed in purple and illuminated in gold and silver Greek uncial script, reveals the highest level of Byzantine book production. The later appearance of similarly embellished Qur’ans, seen in the exhibition’s final gallery, indicates that these standards transcended religious distinctions.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition (7th–9th Century)," March 12, 2012–July 8, 2012.