manuscript lab

Typology, Classification

Case Study: Armenian Manuscripts

Similarly to the Jewish Diaspora, the Armenian Diaspora is strongly associated with manuscript culture. In this case, as well, geographic tracing of the inks in the dated manuscripts can be developed into a useful tool for dating and determining the provenance of the manuscripts. (Rabin 2014, lecture in Yerevan)

Staatabibliothek zu Berlin: Minutoli 287 , Krim, 1358. Determination of the ink type using reflectography

Iron gall ink changes its opacity in near-infrared light as compared with that of the visible part of the spectrum. The color of carbon inks remains constant.