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UN RESTAURO POLIMATERICO: LA LEGATURA DEL SACRAMENTARIO DI BERENGARIO DEL DUOMO DI MONZA

Loretta Dolcini and Giovanni Burgalassi
OPD Restauro
No. 9 (1997), pp. 91-108
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/24394788
Page Count: 18
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UN RESTAURO POLIMATERICO: LA LEGATURA DEL SACRAMENTARIO DI BERENGARIO DEL DUOMO DI MONZA
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Abstract

The Sacramentary of Berengarius (888-924) is a precious codex containing the list of gifts made by King Berengarius I to the cathedral of Monza. Several years ago the manuscript portion of the codex was separated from the costly binding which is the subject of the present restoration. This binding is decorated with plates of silver and pierced ivory attached to wood, and presents the typical conservational problems associated with objects composed of different materials. The restoration is of particular interest because of the technical aspects of the procedure used in cleaning the binding, and especially in reconstructing the fractured ivory. Also regarding the ivory, details are given of the method of replacing missing portions with resin reproductions made from casts. During the process of disbinding, which provided an opportunity to study the ligatures attaching the manuscript, three extremely precious fragments of textiles were discovered. They are illustrated in the article, and exemplify a highly sophisticated and hitherto unknown textile workmanship.

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