SAHIDIC PSALTER (ca 400 AD)

MS 114
MS Short Title SAHIDIC PSALTER (ca 400 AD)
Text BIBLE: PSALMS 16:2 - 3; 16:9 - 11; 21:16 - 17; 21:24 - 25; 76:10 - 77:4; 77:36 - 79:9; 82:16 - 84:13; 85:17 - 88:35
Description MS in Sahidic on vellum, Sohag, Egypt, ca. 400, 13 ff. + 6 fragmentary ff., 20x16 cm, single column, (15x11 cm), 27 lines in a very fine large upright Coptic uncial, text partly indented "per cola et commata", 2 large calligraphic initials.
Binding Barking, Essex, 1992, brown-red morocco with Coptic tooling, wrap around strap, chain stitches on 3 sewing stations, by Aquarius.
Context

From a hoard of more than 9000 early Coptic leaves discovered by G. Maspero in 1883 at Deir el-Abiad, the site of the White Monastery near Sohag.

Most of the hoard is now in Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, but also in New York, Pierpont Morgan Library, Cambridge University Library and Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana.

Provenance 1. The White Monastery, Deir el-Abiad near Sohag, Egypt (ca. 400-1883); 2. Maurice Nachman, Cairo (1930'ies); 3. 7+4 ff.: Guy Ladrière Paris (until 1988); 1 f.: André Jammes, Paris (until 1990); 4. 7 ff.: Sotheby's 21.6.1988:48; 4+1 ff.: Bruce Ferrini, Akron, Ohio, June, Nov. 1988 and Nov. 1990; 1 f.: Sotheby's 5.12.1995:28.
Commentary A substantial part of a very early Coptic Psalter, written about 150 years after it was first translated from Greek. Unpublished.
Place of origin Egypt
Dates ca 400 AD

Location