New Jordan Codices Photos

David Elkington has released six more photos on his Facebook page of what he describes as “leather pages” from the codices collection. They are below.

Some initial thoughts:

- The edges of the pages are remarkably crisp for two thousand year-old leather
– The pages and the plates were together when the holes were punched
– The plate under page I has the star iconography found on several demonstrably forged plates, and the leather is clearly cut to fit that plate.
– Page II seems to have two layers of material underneath it. This plate is likely the middle layer, given the correspondance with the holes and the menorah image. I don’t know what kind of chemical interactions create that kind of image. Notice the rather intentional border on the right side of the plate
– Page III seems to me to be a lead plate, not a leather page. The script is the same as on the plate that underlies the other page, although it appears engraved rather than cast. The hole on the left is punched right through the text, as it is on the other plate, undermining the notion that the text itself was of any actual value to whoever punched the holes. The erratic arrangement of the text and iconography appears intentional, which is indicative in my mind of a naive attempt at archaizing.
– The crude iconography is the same as on many of the demonstrably forged plates

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4 responses to “New Jordan Codices Photos

  • Photos of the Jordan Lead Codices | timothymichaellaw

    [...] Dan continues to debunk David Elkington’s Jordan Codices forgeries. David has released six beautiful images (on Dan’s page), but unfortunately they’re obviously of a forgery, not a great discovery. If you’re interested, you should see Dan’s previous posts in which he has been dismantling this latest of forgeries. [...]

  • Steve Caruso

    Well if this doesn’t seal that these are forgeries, I’m not sure what will. The Antiquities market is *filled to the brim* with leather crap like this in all sorts of languages and motifs, and I see images of similar pieces pass through my desk al least once per month.

    Forgers love leather because it’s cheap (vellum for pages and veneer for covers is expensive) and is easy to distress and look old.

    Regardless, I’ll see what I can pull off of these.

    This is classic. :-)

    Peace,
    -Steve

  • Edward Lawrence

    Well, you have to admire the creativity! – They are on an old red towel. Hardly the sort of thing one may find in a good Jordanian Museum. I don’t think that they are there at all!

  • Margaret Barker on the Jordan Codices | Daniel O. McClellan

    […] but he is refusing to share them. No doubt they are reserved for his forthcoming publication. These blog posts¬†have ¬†done more to disseminate info on the codices than Elkington ever has. Isn’t […]

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