publication . Article . Other literature type . 2014

A Fragment of an Ancient Hymnody Manuscript from Mǝʾǝsar Gwǝḥila (Tǝgray, Ethiopia)

Nosnitsin, Denis; Rabin, Ira;
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  • Published: 19 Dec 2014 Journal: Aethiopica (issn: 2194-4024, eissn: 1430-1938, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Universität Hamburg, Hiob Ludolf Centre for Ethiopian and Eritrean Studies
Abstract
The article presents a multidisciplinary analysis of an old fragment of a hymnody manuscript recently recorded in one of the ecclesiastic libraries of East Tǝgray. The handwriting on the fragment demonstrates pre-14th century palaeographic features. A peculiarity of the text is represented by the so-called “odd vocalization”, with many words vocalized in a way different from the standard Gǝʿǝz. The content of the fragment is a sequence of antiphons, some having been identified. A non-destructive material analysis, aimed at identifying the chemical components of the inks, revealed that the black ink used in the fragment is dissimilar from the common carbon inks a...
Subjects
free text keywords: ecclesiastical library, Ge'ez, Gǝ'ǝz, Ethio-SPaRe, ink, material analysis, paleography, Tǝgray, Tigray, ddc:090, ddc:400, ddc:960, ecclesiastical library; Ge'ez; Gǝ'ǝz; Ethio-SPaRe; ink; material analysis; paleography; Tǝgray; Tigray, ddc:090; ddc:400; ddc:960
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publication . Article . Other literature type . 2014

A Fragment of an Ancient Hymnody Manuscript from Mǝʾǝsar Gwǝḥila (Tǝgray, Ethiopia)

Nosnitsin, Denis; Rabin, Ira;