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Author Gulácsi, Zsuzsanna.
Title Mediaeval Manichaean book art : a codicological study of Iranian and Turkic illuminated book fragments from 8th-11th century east Central Asia / by Zsuzanna Gulácsi.
Imprint Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2005.

Author Gulácsi, Zsuzsanna.
Series Nag Hammadi and Manichaean studies, 0929-2470 ; v. 57.
Nag Hammadi and Manichaean studies ; 57.
Subject Manichaean illumination of books and manuscripts -- Asia, Central.
Illumination of books and manuscripts, Medieval -- Asia, Central.
Add Title Medieval Manichaean book art
Description 1 online resource (xvi, 240 pages) : illustrations, map.
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Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-233) and index.
Contents Introduction: A Codicological Approach to a Unique Group of Objects -- I. Identifying the Corpus of Manichaean Book Art -- II. Dating the Remains: Scientific, Textual, and Artistic Evidence Color plates -- III. Codicological Characteristics: Artisanship of Bookmakers and Scribes in Manichaean Turfan -- IV. The Work of the Illuminator: The Four Basic Painting Styles of Turfan Manichaean -- V. Patterns of Page Arrangement: Integration of Text and Image -- VI. The Written and the Painted Message: Contextual Cohesion of Text and Image.
Note Print version record.
Summary Mediaeval Manichean Book Art focuses on a corpus of c. one hundred fragments of exquisitely illuminated manuscripts that were produced under the patronage of the Turkic-speaking Uygurs in the Turfan region of East Central Asia between the 8th and 11th centuries CE, and used in service of the local Manichaean church. By applying a codicological approach to the analysis of these sources, this study casts light onto a lost episode of Central Asian art history and religious book culture. Each of the five chapters in this book accomplishes a well-defined goal. The first justifies the formation of the corpus. The second examines its dating on the basis of scientific and historical evidence. Chapter three assesses the artistry of their bookmakers, scribes, and illuminators. The fourth documents the patterns of page layout preserved on the fragments. The final chapter analyses the contextual relationship of their painted and written contents. Mediaeval Manichaean Book Art represents a pioneer study in its subject, research methodology, and illustrations. It extracts codicological and art historical data from torn remains of lavishly decorated Middle-Persian, Sogdian, and Uygur language manuscripts in codex, scroll, and "palm-leaf" formats. Through detailed analyses and carefully argued interpretations aided by precise computer drawings, the author introduces an important group of primary sources for future comparative research in Central Asian art, mediaeval book illumination, and Manichaean studies.
ISBN 9781429427906 (electronic bk.)
1429427906 (electronic bk.)
9789004139947 (hardback ; alk. paper)
900413994X (hardback ; alk. paper)
9781433707094 (electronic bk.)
1433707098 (electronic bk.)
900413994X (hardback ; alk. paper)
ISBN/ISSN 99958429904
OCLC # 191953381
Link EBL.
Additional Format Print version: Gulácsi, Zsuzsanna. Mediaeval Manichaean book art. Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2005 (DLC) 2005047119.

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