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200521 - Ethiopian handwritten coptic kitab or bible scroll - Ethiopia

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200521 - Ethiopian handwritten coptic kitab or bible scroll - Ethiopia

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Ethiopia old Ethiopian coptic Ge’ez manuscript kitab or bible scroll

This Coptic manuscript scroll are made in the 18th century.
 The writings of this manuscript refer to moral, esoteric, ethical, philosophical and religious foundations, some of them also contain paintings which were applied as a kind of good luck charm, when this was finished they were rolled or folded and were again sewn into leather and worn with a loop on a leather band around the neck.
Each kitabe was worn for a man's lifetime. It was written for one particular person. The text was in Ethiopic (Ge'ez), a Semitic language that is no longer spoken, but is still used for liturgical and other religious purposes by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.
The scrolls inside are occasionally paper, but are most often vellum, usually calfskin, prepared by a lengthy exposure in lime, scraped with a rounded knife and finally rubbed smooth with pumice stone.
The vellum is often scored with a pin, and they are written in black ink with titles and holy names often being in red.
The subjects of these "Bibles" are always Christian, but actual content varies. It is difficult to date these pieces, which were made as early as the fourteenth century and continued through about 1850.

The sizes of this piece are 138 cm long and 7 cm wide leather kitab.