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Creator Nationality: African; North African; Coptic
Creator Dates/Places: Egypt (written and illustrated in Egypt)
Creator Name-CRT: Coptic
Title: Coptic Manuscript
View: Principal view
Creation Date: date unknown
Creation Place: Possibly from the Dayr al-Suriyan (Monastery of the Syrians), Wadi an-Natrun
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Paper, 44 leaves
Dimensions: H. 8 7/8 in. (22.5 cm), W. 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm)
Inscriptions: Written in Coptic, with Arabic in the margins, in black and red
Description: The Metropolitan Museum acquired the book of Coptic prayers following excavations by a Museum team at the site of the "Syrian Monastery" (dayr al-suriyan) in the region of Wadi an-Natrun in Egypt in 1919. It is not clear whether it was actually found at the site or acquired nearby, since there are no records and it does not present evident signs of burial. In a rapidly growing Arabic-speaking area, the Coptic text was supplemented with an Arabic translation on the right-hand side of each page, thus making this prayer book more accessible to a wider section of the population.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 19.196.3
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1919
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.19.196.3
AMICA Library Year: 2002
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