Ostromir Gospel

Gospel Readings

Gospel Readings.
11th cent. (first half )

Q (280 220; 225 16). 160 leaves. Both the beggining and the end are lost, several leaves are missing from divers parts of the codex.
Parchment. Ink, colours, gold.

It is written in a minuscule hand in two columns. Three head-pieces decorated with the ornament of petals (fols. 18, 70, 148). Initials in the style, reminiscent of cloisonne enamel, small head-pieces in gold, small initials.

Leaves of the manuscript bear numerous inscriptions and notes of Professor Nikolay Glubokovsky, who explored this codex in detail. He estimated that the manuscript originally contained more than 284 leaves. The codex is richly decorated. Three head-pieces and over a hundred ornamental initials have survived. The hypothesis of Nikolay Glubokovsky suggests that the manuscript was created in one of Asia Minor's provinces of Byzantium. This can be judged from its Orthodox Liturgical Calendar, which names many saint, particularly honoured in Asia Minor.

In 1886 the manuscript was presented to Professor I. Troitsky by the noted Greek historic of Byzantium Gregory Beglery at Constantinople. Then I. Troitsky donated the codex to the library of the St Petersburg Theological Academy. The manuscript came into the State Public Library with the collection of the St Petersburg Theological Academy.

Shelfmark: . I/7.

© The National Library of Russia, 2007