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Evangelist Symbol Of St. John, In The Four Gospels

Evangelist Symbol Of St. John, In The Four Gospels

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1110

Shelfmark: Harley MS 1023

Item number: f.64v

Length: 20.2

Width: 13.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

The origin of this manuscript of the Gospels is uncertain, but it has been attributed to Armagh in Northern Ireland on the basis of its textual similarity to 'The Book of Armagh' (in the Library of Trinity College, Dublin), and its artistic similarity to 'The Gospels of Mael Brigte' (in the British Library), which was written in Armagh in 1138. Below the end of the prologue to John, is a drawing of his evangelist symbol, the eagle. A later medieval reader has added John's name above the eagle's head: 'Ioh(ann)es'

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