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Syriac book of protection

 Unprocessed — Folder: 1
Identifier: ViU-2020-0130

Content Description

This collection contains a scarce and richly-illustrated miniature manuscript compendium of protective charms in Syriac. It contains prayers and incantations invoking saints and others for protection against fear, implements of war, sickness, lunacy, headaches, dogs, and the evil eye, wolves, snakes, scorpions, and much else. It is neatly written in a single hand in black and red ink within red borders and contains 19 illustrations to the text. In contemporary dark brown with original blind-ruled goatskin over pulp boards, with a carrying pouch in contemporary leather with flap. It is a rare example of a Syriac book of protection.

Acquisition Type

Purchase

Provenance

Purchased 6 December 2019.

Restrictions Apply

No

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Dates

  • early 19th century[?]

Extent

0.03 Cubic Feet (1 letter folder)

Inventory

1 volume