23. Extinct & Living Religions

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MS in Latin on vellum, Firenze, 1771, 59 ff., 22x15 cm, single column, (17x12 cm), 29 lines in rustic capitals and Italic script (text 1) by Giuseppe della Santa, as facsimile of Codex Mediceus of 5th c., dedication copy to Leopold I Grand duke of Toscana. 

MS in Greek on linen cloth, Egypt, late 1st c. BC, 1 cloth (complete), 14x39 cm, single column, (9x21 cm), 6 lines in Greek half-uncial. Provenance: 1. H.P. Kraus, New York. 

MS in Greek on papyrus, Egypt, 6th c., 4 fragments, 3,5x8,1 cm, 3,9x9,0 cm, 3,0x7,6 cm, 3,2x9,0 cm, single column, 3-5 lines in an informal sloping Greek half-uncial. 

MS in Greek on papyrus, Egypt, 1st c. BC - 1st c. AD, 5 fragments from a scroll, largest 8x10 cm and 11x3 cm, parts of 2 columns, (column size 35x17 cm), 15+23 lines of originally ca. 45 lines in Greek uncial. 

MS in Etruscan on bronze, Etruria, Italy, 6th c. BC, 1 mirror, diam. 13 cm, 4 lines or sections along the raised rim and 3 captions in early Etruscan script.

MS in Middle Egyptian on papyrus, Egypt, 20th dynasty, 1186-1069 BC, 1 scroll (complete), 16x102 cm, main texts in 19+19+10 columns.

MS in Assyrian on clay, Assyria, 800-600 BC, 1 tablet, 10, 8x6, 1x2, 3 cm, 34 lines in cuneiform script, a pierced lug for suspension, 2 inscriptions and 3 pair of crossing lines on the lug handle. 

MS in Neo Sumerian on clay, Babylonia, 2000-1800 BC, 1 tablet, 9, 3x5, 5x2, 5 cm, 15+21 lines in cuneiform script. 

MS in Neo Sumerian on clay, Babylonia, 1900-1700 BC, 1 tablet, 24x10x4 cm, 3+3 columns, 208 lines (of 410) in cuneiform script. 

MS in Sumerian on clay, Sumer, 2400-2200 BC, 1 tablet, 9,8x9,8x2,5 cm, 4,7x4,4x1,7 cm, single column, 5+5 lines in cuneiform script. 

MS in Sumerian on creamy stone, Sumer, 26th c. BC, 1 tablet, 9, 2x9, 2x1, 2 cm, 6+6 columns, 120 compartments of cuneiform script by an expert scribe. 

At the time of writing, we know of no national library or any library or museum have specifically collected manuscripts representing the world's religions, both extinct and living religions, over 5000 years. The manuscripts presented here are a unique representation of the breadth of religious expressions.  The world's major religions are not only given depth of historical context, less widely known extinct and indeed modern religions are also represented - as indeed is magic.