210727 - ANTIQUE Ethiopian handwritten coptic manuscript with 2 icons - Ethiopia
Ethiopia Very old Ethiopian coptic Ge’ez manuscript or bible.
This Coptic manuscript is made in the 18th century with handwritten pages and 2 handpainted icons.
(St. George and the dragon and Madonna with Child).
Size are 17 cm x 15 cm.
This antique manuscript was collected between 1920 and 1940 and ended up in my private collection in 1996.
Total 98 pages with 49 leaves with wood covers with cotton, each page written by hand in Ge'ez on vellum using red and black ink and bound in a cover with small cotton fabric inserts to the inside covers - vellum is fine parchment from a calf or goat skin - the red ink is used for religious saints or names of holy figures - see photographs for condition.
Good condition for age - some cracks to spine as shown in photographs - some soiling to pages with usual smudge marks and occasional holes, which are normal characteristics for this type of bible of this age.
A good example in age appropriate condition.
Please refer to the photos as they form an integral part of the description.
Parchment leaves (animal skin) inscribed with black and red in the Ethiopian script on both sides of the leaves. Probably in ‘Geez’, the language of the Ethiopian Church. Bound between two book covers made of wood and leather.
Overall, all parts of the Bible reveal an impressive old quality and usage with a beautiful patina.
This bible is from the the early 1800’s, and is museum quality and a rare one of a kind item that would complement your collection or home.
Early 18th-CenturyShows age, has some repairs, like stitching holding the straps together on the sides, has a wonderful patina, but in overall good condition.