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Did Parchment Smell? Your Manuscript Questions, Answered

Jean de Mandeville
Jean de Mandeville

“To make egg tempera paint, egg is mixed with water and pigment, which somewhat neutralizes the decomposition process of eggs, but it is also spread so thinly and dries so quickly that it never really has the chance to rot. Therefore it doesn’t smell.”
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      Eye-to-eye with Saint John, from this 16th century Ethiopian gospel book.

      Ethiopia was one of the earliest centers of Christianity, and illuminated manuscripts were an integral part of religious service. 

      This manuscript is written in Ge’ez, the language of early Christian Ethiopia. You can hear this manuscript read aloud here, or…

      Get the full picture here.

      01/28/15

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