“Das Licht Christi leuchtet allen“ – Form und Funktion von Kreuzen mit Tetragrammen in byzantinischen und postbyzantinischen Handschriften Cover Image
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“Das Licht Christi leuchtet allen“ – Form und Funktion von Kreuzen mit Tetragrammen in byzantinischen und postbyzantinischen Handschriften
“Das Licht Christi leuchtet allen“ – Form und Funktion von Kreuzen mit Tetragrammen in byzantinischen und postbyzantinischen Handschriften

Author(s): Andreas Rhoby
Subject(s): History, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Cultural history, Visual Arts, Theology and Religion
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: Crosses with so-called tetragrams (i.e. four letters or four pairs of letters) are not only attached to monuments, icons and portable objects, but are also found inscribed into Byzantine and post-Byzantine manuscripts. Crosses with tetragrams are commonly placed at the beginning of manuscripts and texts respectively as well in other positions. They have multiple roles: crosses with tetragrams protect the object against evil, they safeguard its existence, and, in addition, they occasionally function as a decorative device. This paper presents an overview of crosses with tetragrams in Byzantine and post-Byzantine manuscripts, and it aims to discuss this cultural phenomenon as a whole.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 71-90
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: English, Bulgarian