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Gospel book
Armenia, Dǎsirk', 13th century
MS M.620 fol. 120r

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Rectangular headpiece with niche, decorated with geometric and foliate ornament.
Above, fountain of two animal heads spouting water into two vessels, flanked by two pairs of birds.
Below, winged lion as Evangelist symbol of Mark with right front paw on cross-inscribed book, forming part of initial at beginning of Mark 1:1 in pharagir (zoomorphic) letters.
In right margin, cross above floreate ornament.

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