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Creator Nationality: African; North African; Coptic
Creator Dates/Places: Egypt (written and illustrated in Egypt)
Creator Name-CRT: Coptic; Possibly from the Kasr Deir es Surian (Castle of the Monastery of the Syrians), Wadi an-Natrun
Title: Coptic Manuscript
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 700
Creation End Date: 900
Creation Date: 700?900
Creation Place: Coptic; Possibly from the Kasr Deir es Surian (Castle of the Monastery of the Syrians), Wadi an-Natrun
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Ink and colored inks on parchment
Dimensions: 5 7/8 x 3 15/16 in. (14.9 x 10 cm)
Inscriptions: Inscribed in abbreviated Coptic: Jesus Christ Victorious
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.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 19.196.5
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1919
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.19.196.5
AMICA Library Year: 2002
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Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved
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