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9783954900534

Jaschke, Margret; Stähle, Robert

Kostbare Einbandbeschläge an armenischen Handschriften

Dokumentation jüngster Maßnahmen zur Bestandserhaltung

2015
21.0 x 29.7 cm, 208 p., 1094 illustrations color, hardback
98,00 €

ISBN: 9783954900534
Preface
Table of Contents
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Short Description

This book illuminates the largely unknown Armenian book and binding design which has been essential for the Armenian people since their adoption of Christianity. The MATENADARAN in Yerevan/Armenia, included in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register since 1997, holds the world’s largest collection of Armenian manuscripts.

Based on a selection from more than 200 restored gospel books, the authors describe their approach to restoring damaged applications respectively lost closures.

The included glossary illustrates the metalwork terminology and contributes to the linguistic standardisation of the associated processes.

Description

The Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts in Yerevan, Armenia, has been included in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register since 1997 and holds the world’s largest collection of Armenian manuscripts, among them a considerable number of gospel books with precious silver metalwork bindings. These codices may often be only small, yet feature “treasure bindings”. The multitude of metalwork bindings, from closures to decorative and iconographic-sculptural elements, and their careful workmanship are amazing.

Surprisingly, this Armenian cultural heritage has, with few exceptions, remained practically unknown among European experts, even though the Armenians were the first people to adopt Christianity in 301 as their state religion and began spreading their belief in written form in the 5th century.

Based on a selection of almost 80 objects, the authors document the restoration of damaged or lost metalwork performed on more than 200 bindings since 2001. By that they provide a comprehensive insight of historic Armenian bindings, particularly their own varied and abundant metalwork. According to the technical appearance and workmanship of the metalwork on the covers they developed a principle of arrangement for the variety to be classified.

An elaboration on the various closure systems and their development emphasizes this variety and recognizes the Armenian gold- and silversmiths’ expert workmanship.

The authors also provide a richly illustrated glossary of the terminology used in restoration to facilitate understanding and to support general discussions about the restoration of metalwork bindings.

This publication is an expert presentation based on the authors’ extensive practical experience with book restoration. It unlocks a largely unknown aspect of Armenia’s cultural heritage. In addition, it may be a source of inspiration and a treasure trove for preservation experts (museums, libraries, archives, restorers, etc.) and lovers of historical books.

Biographical Note

Margret Jaschke
1940, Schulzeit, Abitur, Studium, Staatsexamina (Pädagogik), Lehrtätigkeit an Grund- und Hauptschule. Handwerkliche Ausbildung Buchbinden, Fachunterricht Buchbinden Waldorfschule, Werkstattübernahme Anselment/Meersburg, öffentliche Aufträge, langjährige Kurstätigkeit in der Erwachsenenbildung. Zusatzausbildung zum geprüften Restaurator im Buchbinderhandwerk; seit 1995 freie Mitarbeit in der Restaurierungsabteilung am Institut für alte Handschriften MATENADARAN in Yerevan/Armenien.

Robert Stähle
1923, nach Schulzeit und Abitur Kriegsdienst und Gefangenschaft, Studium Bildende Kunst, Kunstgeschichte und Geografie für Höheres Lehramt, Staatsexamina. Lehrtätigkeit an Gymnasien, Berufung zum Professor für Fachdidaktik Bildende Kunst, Ausbildung von Referendaren. Pensionierung 1983. Neben der beruflichen Tätigkeit freies künstlerisches Schaffen in diversen Disziplinen, besonders als Metallbildner. Öffentliche Aufträge, seit 2001 freie Mitarbeit für Restaurierung historischer metallbeschlagener Bucheinbände am MATENADARAN in Yerevan/Armenien.

Keywords

Armenia (24) || Bibliographic & subject control (18) || Book design (82) || Einbandforschung (2) || Handschrift (52) || Kulturgeschichte (15) || Library & information sciences / Museology (98)