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Coptic Liturgical Text

Object Name:
Illustrated manuscript
Date:
8th–9th century
Geography:
Egypt
Culture:
Coptic
Medium:
Ink and colored inks on parchment
Dimensions:
H. 5 7/8 in. (14.9 cm) W. 3 15/16 in. (10 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Excavations by the Egyptian Expedition of MMA, 1919
Accession Number:
19.196.5
  • Description

    Wealthier monasteries would have possessed manuscripts even after the Arab conquest of the region in the mid-600s. Coptic, the latest stage of the Egyptian language, is written with the Greek alphabet, supplemented by seven additional signs. The Arabic text to the right side of each page was for the use of those who no longer easily read Coptic. Crosses worked in interlaced geometric patterns often appear in Coptic manuscripts.

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    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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