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Codex Sinopensis

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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.

Codex Sinopensis, Gold ink on parchment; 1 bifolium

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Bifolium 13v, 16r