Ink, Pigments & Gold

Our collections offer an extraordinary global history of the arts of the book. Writing, drawing and painting depend upon craft mastery of tools as well as materials produced to a high standard: inks and other colour pigments, and precious metals such as gold. Very close examination shows the quality of this highly-skilled work.

Epistle of Francesco Barbaro
Johannes Marcus Cynicus of Parma
1472
Naples (Italy)
CBL W 113

Highlights

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  • Bird, corner margin detail from the Five Treasures (Panj Ganj) of Jami`
    paintings added 1603
    India
    CBL In 20

    1 / 9

  • Extracts from the Pali canon
    probably late 18th century
    Thailand
    CBL Thi 1345

    2 / 9

  • Flowers and birds
    c. 1800
    China
    CBL C 1185

    3 / 9

  • Gold illumination
    Qur’an folio
    c. 900
    `Abbasid Iraq
    CBL Is 1406

    4 / 9

  • Gospel book
    late 11th or early 12th century
    Byzantine Empire (modern Greece or Turkey)
    CBL W 139

    5 / 9

  • Medallion (shamsa)
    from the Five Poems (Khamsa) of Amir Khusrau
    1485 (890 AH)
    Herat (Afghanistan)
    CBL Per 163

    6 / 9

  • Epistle of Francesco Barbaro
    Johannes Marcus Cynicus of Parma
    1472
    Naples (Italy)
    CBL W 113

    7 / 9

  • Serapion of Edessa’s Abridged Bible
    Hohannes and Aslan
    1601
    Amida (modern Turkey)
    CBL Arm 551

    8 / 9

  • Tale of Tawara Tōda (Tawara Tōda monogatari)
    mid-17th century
    Japan
    CBL J 1164.1

    9 / 9

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