Title Page of the Gospel of John. Illuminator: Sargis (active early 14th century). Illustrated manuscript. Date: 1300–1310. Armenian. Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper. Byzantine-style geometric patterns fill the rest of the incipit. Bird-shaped letters form the first words of the text. At the top is Christ, framed by peacocks, who raises his hand in blessing. Early Armenian theologians described birds as representing souls flying to heaven.