Egyptian Christian Coptic Manuscript, 11th Century A.D.
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All Items: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Egyptian: Pre AD 1000: item # 1144287
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This page is from a Bible or Prayer Book from one of the Egyptian monasteries, in the Sinai desert. It is written on the two sides of the sheet in Coptic, on one of the earliest papers made in the area. Very nicely written in black and red ink with some marginal annotations in Arabic.
Comes with a photocopy of the last page of the bible stating the place, scribe and year..
N.B. The last page of this manuscript states in Arabic: “This book to have been commissioned by Al-Muallakah Church (the hanging church) in Fostat , Old Cairo:
The Hanging Church is considered the oldest church in the area of Fostat Old Cairo . It is known as 'hanging' because it was built on ruins of two old towers remaining from an old fortress called the fortress of Babylon. It was dedicated to The Virgin Mary and St. Dimiana. It dates back to the end of the 3rd century AD and the beginning of the 4th century A.D, but it was reconstructed and renovated several times since. Some historians believe that it was built earlier and it might have been a Roman Temple that was later converted to a Roman Church and in a later period it became a Coptic Church, the evidence being scenes which were discovered in 1984 at the western side of the right aisle of the church and which contained pagan Roman gods, but they were covered by layers of plaster. This church has played an important role in the history of the Coptic Church because it became the seat of the Patriarchs after transferring it from Alexandria to Al Fustat. The 66th patriarch Anba Christodolos (1039-1079 AD) was the first pope to chant the holy liturgy in the church.
Size: 32 cm L x 22 cm W - 12 5/8” L x 8 5/8” W
Material : Paper
Culture : Egypt, Coptic, 11th Century A.D.
Condition : Intact
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