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Studies on the Wooden Box Containing the "Marco Polo's Bible"

Version 1 : Received: 26 October 2018 / Approved: 29 October 2018 / Online: 29 October 2018 (04:32:23 CET)

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Augelli, F. Studies on the Wooden Box Containing the “Marco Polo” Bible. Heritage 2019, 2, 452-466. Augelli, F. Studies on the Wooden Box Containing the “Marco Polo” Bible. Heritage 2019, 2, 452-466.

Journal reference: Heritage 2019, 2, 31
DOI: 10.3390/heritage2010031

Abstract

Aims of the paper are the results of a research on a wooden box that holds an important historical document, which is a hand Bible handwritten in the thirteenth century. The tradition connect this Bible to the name of Marco Polo (Venice, 1254 - Venice, 1324), who would be the owner and that it would accompany him on his travels (1262 and 1271) in China. The Bible, of fine workmanship, written on thin parchment, and its container, along with a yellow silk cloth, is preserved in the ancient and prestigious Laurentian Library in Florence. The manuscript was in very poor condition and in the course of the study (2011) was being restored. Aims of survey were to determine the place and period of realization of the box, or rather if it be contemporary or later than the manuscript it contains and whether it was made in the East or in Europe.

Subject Areas

wooden object; cultural heritage; history; analysis

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