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Zir Ganela Gospels
Ethiopia, 1400-1401
MS M.828 fol. 6r

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Two frontal peacocks with spread tails inscribed "Peacock" (Ge'ez), two small birds inscribed, double-headed eagle inscribed "Birds that dwell in the midst of the sea" (Ge'ez), and two birds perched on cypress trees before harts inscribed "Gazelle" (Ge'ez) flanking cross-surmounted Tempietto representing Fountain of Life, with conical roof supported by four columns, enclosing three knotted curtains; inscription "Order of the Canons: How the Four Gospels agree with their verses" (Ge'ez).

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