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Ethiopian Coptic (Ge'ez) Illustrated Manuscript Codex on Vellum
[Ethiopia]: n.p., [18th-early 20th century] . Sewn Binding. Very Good. 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches. Written in Ge'ez in red and black ink. Five full page hand painted illustrations depicting the Madonna and Child (Mary and Jesus), St. George and the Dragon, the Crucifixion, and two depictions of the risen Christ, followed by 44 vellum leaves bound in five gatherings of eight leaves and a final gathering of four leaves. The last two leaves are blank, allowing the owner to make additions as desired. Varying signs of age (such as light staining an fading) to the vellum text pages as is normal. Bound in bare wooden boards in the distinctive Coptic style with exposed spine. A very good Coptic codex written in the Ethiopic (Ge'ez) script, a Semitic language that is no longer spoken, but which is still used for liturgical and other religious purposes by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. The subjects of these codices are generally always Christian, but the actual content varies. Dating Ethiopian manuscripts is difficult. The text is believed to date from as early as 1700 to as late as 1850, with the covers, stitching, and hand paintings added later, likely during the first part of the 20th Century. The majority of the text consists of incantations to protect the owner from supernatural forces.
      [Bookseller: St. Wulfstans Books]
Last Found On: 2013-08-01           Check availability:      Biblio    


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