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An unusual type of metal decoration found on a number of Armenian manuscript bindings. These bindings were embellished with odd objects haphazardly attached onto the covers, and sometimes even onto the spine and flap. The items may include coins, crosses, crucifixes, seal stones from personal signet rings, metal belts, jewelry, and small metal repousse objects shaped liked hands, eyes, crescent moons, or human faces.

Protection Against the Evil Eye Votive Offerings on Armenian Manuscript Bindings Sylvie Merian will explore an unusual type of metal decoration found on a number of Armenian manuscript bindings.

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Traditional Armenian headgear for women, early century. The more gold coins you have on your clothes the richer you are. They were usually used for currency and a personal bank for women.

The Armenian genocide resulted in the kidnapping of thousands of Armenian women from their families.  Some were integrated into Muslim family life, losing their native language and ethnicity.  The tattoos were consistent with local customs.   - See more at: http://www.genocide-museum.am/eng/online_exhibition_2.php#sthash.761JJ0Md.dpufIslamized and tattooed Armenian woman

Islamized and tattooed Armenian woman

Books:Religion & Theology, Jamakargutiun hasarakats aghotits (Order of Hours ofCommon Prayers). Amsterdam: Printing House of Tovma...

Books:Religion & Theology, Jamakargutiun hasarakats aghotits (Order of Hours ofCommon Prayers). Amsterdam: Printing House of Tovma.

Armenian Bookbinding - Gospels of 1224, rebound in 1517 by Alek’sandros the monk Upper cover with stepped cross; lower cover with rectangle, both embellished with metal studs.

Armenian Bookbinding - Gospels of rebound in 1517 by Alek’sandros the monk Upper cover with stepped cross; lower cover with rectangle, both embellished with metal studs.

The Four Gospels. - caption: 'Binding' | ID: 027327 Title: The Four Gospels…

Binding Silver gilt binding from a manuscript of the Four Gospels, decorated with the scene of Christ’s crucifixion. Date 1669 Current location British Library Link Accession number Or.

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