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Book of Four Gospels
Book of Four Gospels

This book contains the four Gospels in two columns and the Dallal of the Coptic year seasons.

Manuscript

Book of Lections of the Jonah Fast and Lent
Book of Lections of the Jonah Fast and Lent

This Katamarus, or Dallal, contains the lections of the Jonah Fast and Lent. It is written in Arabic and has a modern red cover of hard paper.

Manuscript

Book of Psalms of the Old Testament
Book of Psalms of the Old Testament

This is the Book of Psalms of the Old Testament. In addition to the psalms, it contains collections of Ibn El-Assal and the story of Chaste Susanna.

Manuscript

Book of the Holy Pascha
Book of the Holy Pascha

In the Book of the Holy Pascha, the word Pascha means Passover. It contains the readings for the last week of Lent, which is also called Passion Week.

Manuscript

Christian Mummy
Christian Mummy

The mummified individual has a cross burnt on the chest as proof of his Christianity. The mummy supports the idea that in the early period of Christianity, people were still influenced by the burial methods of the Pharaohs.

Male Mummy

Cloth Towel with Hunting Scene
Cloth Towel with Hunting Scene

The downy cotton towel is decorated with two squares depicting a hunting scene. Each square shows a warrior and four small animals surrounded by geometric ornamentation.

Towel

Cotton Cloth with Man and Gazelles
Cotton Cloth with Man and Gazelles

This beige cotton cloth has a center panel with a drawing of a man running with gazelles jumping over his head.

Flax

Curtain with Flute Player and Party Scene
Curtain with Flute Player and Party Scene

This portion of a curtain contains a picture of a man playing a musical instrument and a party scene.

Curtain

Decorated Piece of Textile
Decorated Piece of Textile

A piece of cloth decorated with geometrical patterns that consist of large squares framed with arrowheads and containing stylized floral elements arranged in the form of crosses.

Flax and Wool

Embroidered Textile Fragment in the Style of Fatimid Jewelry
Embroidered Textile Fragment in the Style of Fatimid Jewelry

The linen fragment is embroidered with yellow, black, and red thread. It is decorated with bands of elongated six-sided forms, heart shapes, and plant-like designs that imitate Kufic inscriptions.

Piece Of Garment

Flask with Saint Minas and two Camels
Flask with Saint Minas and two Camels

This flask of Saint Minas, who was beheaded for confessing his Christian faith, contains a little water, which each visitor to the monastery takes as a blessing.

Flask

Kapati Linen Fragment with Birds
Kapati Linen Fragment with Birds

The linen textile fragment is decorated with a richly decorated band of stylized birds placed within oval medallions.

Flax

Kapati Textile Decorated with Holy Man
Kapati Textile Decorated with Holy Man

The piece of fabric is a Coptic textile in the Kapati style. It is decorated with paintings of two people, one of whom may be a holy man. It is surrounded by a gamma, or stylized cross, and plant branches.

Wool

Linen Cover with Silver Threads
Linen Cover with Silver Threads

This square cover is decorated with abstract foliage which form the borders of the cover and are embroidered with fine silver threads. The left lower part of the cover(from the viewer's perspective) is decorated with a crescent design, containing the name, Abbas Helmy(̉abāş Halmy).

Flax

Linen Fragment with Designs from Mamluk Metalwork
Linen Fragment with Designs from Mamluk Metalwork

The printed linen fragment has designs inspired by Mamluk metalwork. It is decorated with repeated geometric designs, a wide Naskh inscription band in blue, and four-pointed stars intersecting medallions.

Flax

Linen Fragment with Ducks on Medallions
Linen Fragment with Ducks on Medallions

The linen fragment is embroidered with multicolored silk thread and decorated with, birds, leaves, and Kufic inscriptions.

Flax

Linen Fragment with Letters Ending in Animal Forms
Linen Fragment with Letters Ending in Animal Forms

The white, grey, and brown printed linen fragment is decorated with a Naskh inscription band on a background of foliage, the letters of which end in animal-like forms.

Flax

Linen Fragment with Rabbit-Like Animals and Ducks
Linen Fragment with Rabbit-Like Animals and Ducks

The linen fragment has a wide band of gold-colored silk it is decorated with. A braided designs which form rhombuses surround on oval medallion, which are decorated with rabbit-like animals and ducks on a red background.

Flax

Linen Fragment with Silk Embroidery
Linen Fragment with Silk Embroidery

The linen fragment with silk embroidery is decorated with a wide band of arabesque, or complex, ornate design of intertwined floral and geometric figures, and several Naskh inscriptions that invoke a blessing.

Flax

Linen Napkin with Embroidered Silk Bands
Linen Napkin with Embroidered Silk Bands

The linen napkin has two silk strips embroidered with multicolored decorative bands. A red Kufic inscription bears the name of the Fatimid Caliph al-Aziz Billah.

Flax

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