The Treasures of Coptic Art in the Coptic Museum and Churches of Old Cairo Hardcover – Dr. Gawdat Gabra

The Treasures of Coptic Art in the Coptic Museum and Churches of Old Cairo Hardcover – Dr. Gawdat Gabra

 

 

Egypt’s Coptic one of the oldest in the , with a cultural tradition dating back millennia, during churches have been built and a variety of distinctive art forms have flourished. The ’s largest and most exquisite collection of Coptic artifacts now housed in the Coptic Museum, founded in Old Cairo in 1908. the first , in this lavishly illustrated book, 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 of the finest examples of Coptic icons, stelae, sculptures, wall paintings, wooden altar screens, metal crosses, censers, liturgical implements and vestments, chandeliers, and caskets. Besides being objects of great craftsmanship and beauty, these artifacts, range in date from the to the nineteenth centuries, represent indispensable material the study of the origins and development of Coptic art, as as its relations with the 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 ) provide invaluable insights into the economic and social life of Egypt over the past thousand years. In addition to objects from the Coptic Museum, this book includes photographs of surrounding churches, of Egypt’s oldest, that illustrate the architectural legacy of the Copts. The accompanying and captions provide a description of Coptic civilization in general and Coptic art in particular.

 

 

Dr. Gawdat Gabra
Dr. Gawdat Gabra

Dr. Gawdat Gabra an independent scholar specializing in Coptic studies, and former director of the Coptic Museum in Cairo (1985). He a member of the board of the Society of Coptic Archaeology and chief editor the St. Mark Foundation Coptic History Studies 

He the author and editor of numerous books related to the literary and material culture of Egyptian Christianity, including Coptic Monasteries: Egypt’s Monastic Art and Architecture and Christian Egypt: Coptic Art and Monuments through Millennia (both AUC Press 2002). He is the co-editor of the three volumes of The Popes of Egypt (vol. I: AUC Press, 2004
 
Dr Gabra was born in Luxor, Egypt, but spend a great deal of his childhood in Aswan. He subsequently gained his LIC in Egyptian Antiquities at Cairo University in 1967, obtaining his PhD in Coptic Antiquities at Munster University, Germany.

Gawdat is currently resident in Southern California and a visiting lecturer at Claremont Graduate University.

 

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