MINIATURIST, Greek
(active 913-950 in Constantinople)

The Joshua Roll

913-50
Roll (Pal. gr. 431), 315 mm high, 10,64 m long
Biblioteca Apostolica, Vatican

This book roll exists only as incomplete segments. They contain the Greek text of the Book of Joshua and illustrations relating to it. They show the triumphant conquest of the Promised Land by the Old Testament hero, the very epitome of a leader and the saviour of his people. The Joshua Roll is the only surviving example of a rotulus (book roll) illuminated throughout, across its entire breadth, with a continuous pictorial frieze.

This portion shows scenes before the battle at Gibeon