Treasures of Coptic Art in the Coptic Museums of Cairo: A Portfolio of 10 masterpieces by Gawdat GabraTreasures of Coptic Art in the Coptic Museums of Cairo: A Portfolio of 10 masterpieces by Gawdat Gabra

Treasures of Coptic Art in the Coptic Museums of Cairo: A Portfolio of 10 masterpieces

byGawdat Gabra, Marianne Eaton-krauss

Paperback | February 15, 2006

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Egypt's Coptic Church is one of the oldest in the world, with a cultural tradition dating back two millennia, during which time churches have been built and a variety of distinctive art forms have flourished. The world's largest and most exquisite collection of Coptic artifacts is now housedin the Coptic Museum, founded in Old Cairo in 1908. Here for the first time, in this lavishly illustrated book, more than one hundred of the greatest treasures of the Coptic Museum have been beautifully photographed to present an overview of this rich artistic heritage. Objects from churches and monasteries across Egypt include some of the finestexamples of Coptic icons, stelae, sculptures, wall paintings, wooden altar screens, metal crosses, censers, liturgical implements and vestments, chandeliers, and bible caskets. Besides being objects of great craftsmanship and beauty, these artifacts, which range in date from the third to thenineteenth centuries, represent indispensable material for the study of the origins and development of Coptic art, as well as its relations with the ancient Egyptian, Byzantine, and Islamic traditions. Textiles, ceramics, terracotta, ivory and bone carvings, and documents (including the famous Nag Hammadi Gnostic library from the fourth century, one of the most valuable collections of papyri in the world) provide invaluable insights into the economic and social life of Egypt over the past twothousand years. In addition to objects from the Coptic Museum, this book also includes photographs of surrounding churches, some of Egypt's oldest, that illustrate the architectural legacy of the Copts. The accompanying text and captions provide a description of Coptic civilization in general andCoptic art in particular.
Gawdat Gabra, a former director of the Coptic Museum, is the author or editor of numerous books related to the literary and material culture of Egyptian Christianity, including most recently Christianity and Monasticism in the Fayoum Oasis (AUC Press, 2005). Marianne Eaton-Krauss is a specialist on the art and archaeology of pharaonic...
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Title:Treasures of Coptic Art in the Coptic Museums of Cairo: A Portfolio of 10 masterpiecesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:10 pages, 11.81 × 16.42 × 0.39 inPublished:February 15, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9774160037

ISBN - 13:9789774160035

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