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Coptic Liturgical Codex

Object Name:
Illustrated manuscript
17th–18th century
Possibly made i. Found Egypt
Black and colored inks on Venetian paper
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)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1919
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 302
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.
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; 1919, acquired by the Museum in the division of finds. Possibly from the Monastery of Dayr Al-Suryan, Wadi Natrun

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