Codex Argenteus – The Original Manuscript

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The Codex Argenteus is written in silver- and gold-ink on very thin purple parchment of extremely high quality. For a long time it was alleged that the parchment was made from the skin of new-born or even unborn calves, but modern research shows that it was more likely made from the skin of kids. The purple colour does not come from the purple snail but from vegetable dyes. The silver text is predominant, which explains why the book is called “the Silver Book”, or the Codex Argenteus. Originally, it probably had a deluxe binding, decorated with pearls and jewels.

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