Coptic Liturgical Codex

Object Name: Illustrated manuscript

Date: 17th–18th century

Geography: Egypt

Culture: Coptic

Medium: Black and colored inks on Venetian paper

Dimensions: Overall (closed): L. 6 1/8 in. (15.5 cm)
W. 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm)
D. 1/2 in. (1.3 cm)
Overall (open on book mount): H. 6 1/8 in. (15.5 cm)
W. 7 15/16 in. (20.2 cm)
D. 6 7/8 in. (17.4 cm)

Classification: Codices

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1919

Accession Number: 19.196.5

Description

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

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