Epistles fragments

Accession number: 
MS M.601
Epistles fragments
Ancient binding: According to Petersen, the ancient binding had upper and lower covers of leather over papyrus boards, and closely resembles that of M.608. (Binding catalogued separately as MS M.601A.)
Purchased by J.P. Morgan (1867-1943) in 1920.
7 leaves (2 columns, 37-39 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 330 x ? mm
Part of a lot purchased circa 1916 by Francis Willey Kelsey (1858-1927) in the Fayyūm, through the agency of Dr. David L. Askren, an American missionary and physician residing in the Fayyūm; brought to Rome by Kelsey in the beginning of 1920 and purchased by Henri Hyvernat on behalf of J.P. Morgan (1867-1943).

Manuscript seven successive leaves from the Catholic epistles written and illuminated in Egypt.
Text: contains most of James and part of 1 Peter.
Fols. 1, 2, 3, 11, 12 are fragments from the ancient binding pastedowns; text begins on fol. 4r and ends on 10v.
Written area ca. 272 x 202 mm. Divisions: Reddened dividers setting off Epistles; Ekthesis, major initial, and paragraphus sign (large vine-scroll coronis, sometimes with reddened obelus) setting off minor textual units; ekthesis, reddened enlarged initial, and paragraphus sign (vine-scroll coronis, painted diple, or reddened obelus) setting off paragraphs.paragraphs.
Script: Upright. 10 lines = ca. 72 mm
Superlineation: Non-standard. Punctuation: Raised reddened dot in conjunction with a space; 1 or more reddened dots and space filler at ends of paragraphs. Tremas.
Collation: No remains of signatures, quire ornaments, monograms, headlines or catchwords.
Decoration: marginal ornaments, initials, extended letters. Colors: red and yellow, chemically altered.

Coptic, the Sahidic dialect