Manuscript Folios, Isaiah 12:2-13:12
Made in Egypt, White Monastery
Red and black ink on parchment; 7 folios
16 9/16 x 13 3/8 in. (42 x 34 cm)
Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris (Copte 129)²²
Not on view
These folios are written in an archaizing biblical style in the Sahidic dialect of Coptic, which was spoken by Shenoute, the leader of the White Monastery Federation. The use of expensive parchment rather than less costly paper attests to the White Monastery’s thriving scriptorium and grand library.