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

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

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

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  • Image of Extracts from the Pali canon, probably late 18th century, Thailand. CBL Thi 1345.

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

    2 / 9

  • Image of Flowers and birds, c. 1800, China. CBL C 1185

    Flowers and birds
    c. 1800
    China
    CBL C 1185

    3 / 9

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

    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

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  • Image of Medallion (shamsa), from the Five Poems (Khamsa) of Amir Khusrau, 1485, Herat, Afghanistan. CBL Per 163

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Image of Tale of Tawara Tōda (Tawara Tōda monogatari), mid-17th century, Japan. CBL J 1164.

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

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