The Egyptian Christian tradition has a long legacy of vibrant book production and circulation. The workshop will reflect on this legacy and the rich book culture of Egypt. Focusing on objects from the fourth century to the eighteenth century, we will study biblical, literary, and documentary texts on pottery fragments, papyrus and parchment leaves, and illuminated paper codices.
This workshop will be led by Andrea Myers Achi, Assistant Curator in the Department of Medieval Art at the Met and The Cloisters at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. Dr. Achi specializes in late antique and Byzantine art, manuscript studies, and late Roman ceramics. Her doctoral dissertation at the NYU Institute of Fine Arts investigated monastic books and book production from the medieval Monastery of St. Michael in Egypt. In addition to her art historical research, she have been involved with numerous excavations in Egypt and Italy.
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About the Image Above: Coptic Liturgical Codex, 17th – 18th century, Black and colored inks on Venetian paper, L. 6 1/8 in, W. 4 1/4 in, D 1/2 in. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Rogers Fund, 1919, MMA 19.196.5