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The Álava Provincial Council will not bid for Quejana’s “scrolls”

The Álava Provincial Council will not bid for Quejana’s “scrolls”

The Álava Provincial Council will not bid for Quejana’s “scrolls”

Euskaraz irakurri: Arabako Aldundiak ez du Kexaako “pergaminoen” enkantean part hartuko

The Provincial Council of Álava will not bid this Tuesday for “the scrolls” of Quejana that the auction portal Christie’s will auction with a starting price of 35,000 euros, “due to the high price that its acquisition would entail, compared to the net asset value , which does not correspond to the purely historical and cultural value, but rather responds to the market prices for collecting medieval miniatures that escape the public interest.

This was stated at a press conference by the Culture and Sports Deputy, Ana del Val, accompanied by the head of the Archive and Document Management Service, José Antonio Sáenz, the president of the Quejana Administrative Board, María Ángeles Isasi, and the expert on the Group, Luis Padura.

“Calling this document ‘Bible of Complaint’ is a kind of exaggeration that has more to do with the commercial strategy of the auction house than with the patrimonial reality of the document,” said Del Val, “by which we mean it as scrolls up for auction“.

In this sense, Del Val explained that what is being auctioned this Tuesday are a total of 64 leaves of parchment that, together with others that were also auctioned in 2016 and 2017, belonged to a Gothic Bible, probably made in the second half of the 13th century in a monastic writing desk not yet identified, so the Culture deputy has ruled out that it was in Quejana, “because it did not have a writing desk.”

“Those 64 sheets of parchment were in Quejana between the 17th and 19th centuries, but not in the Convent but in its procurator’s office, in the office of the person in charge of the accounts on behalf of the prioress. There they were used as material for office, that is, as folders to store various documentation, unbound,” he explained.

Finally, Del Val has indicated that the Provincial Council “is the owner of 22 parchments that belong to the same original Bible of 700 pages and whose tenth part, 64 pages, will be auctioned tomorrow.”

Source: Eitb

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