Fragment of ornaments of Armenian manuscripts
Gospel, 1304, Nakhidjevan
Painter and Binder – Simeon
Matenadaran, MS # 3722

silver - 925o, weight ~ 3 g., colored enamel

Matenadaran is an ancient manuscript repository. It holds one of the world's richest depositories of medieval manuscripts and books which span a broad range of subjects, including history, philosophy, medicine, literature and art. The Matenadaran is a major centre for the study and preservation of Armenian works of literature. In ancient times and the Middle Ages manuscripts were reverentially guarded in Armenia, and they played an important role in the people's fight against spiritual subjugation and assimilation. The major monasteries and universities had special writing rooms, where skilled scribes copied books by Armenian scholars and writers, and Armenian translations of works by foreign authors.