Hagiographic Miscellany

Record ID: 
214164
Accession number: 
MS M.583
Title: 
Hagiographic Miscellany
Created: 
Egypt, Feb. 8, 848.
Binding: 
Ancient binding: Lower cover of leaterh, over papyrus board. (Binding cataloged separately as MS M.583A.)
Credit: 
Purchased for J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1911.
Description: 
173 leaves (2 columns, 31-32 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 338 x 281 mm
Provenance: 
Monastery of Saint Michael (Dayr al-Malāk Mīkhāʼil); found in 1910 near the village of Hamuli, Fayyūm Province, Egypt, at the site of the Monastery of Saint Michael; purchased in Paris in 1911 for J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) from Arthur Sambon, a dealer acting in behalf of a consortium of owners including a certain J. Kalebdian; J.P. Morgan (1867-1943).
Notes: 

Manuscript hagiographic miscellany; written and decorated at the Monastery of St. Michael near present-day Hamuli, Feb. 8, 848.
4 sewing repairs, including on fol. 160, with an unusual zigzag stich patched on verso with parchment.
Colophons: 1) fol. 16v: Copyist in Coptic: By Epïma; 2) fol. 23v:Copyist, memorial in Coptic: By Epïma; memorial in cryptography, for Deacon Theōdōrōs; 3) fol. 28v: Copyist in Coptic: By Epima, monk of the same monastery; 4) fol. 58v: Prayer (for copyist?); 5) fol. 86r: Copyist in Coptic: By Epima, the priest; 6) fol. 91r: Memorial in Coptic: For Stephen "the craftsman;" 7) fol. 138v: Copyist in Coptic: By Epima, monk of the aforementioned monastery; 8) fol. 167v: Copyist in Coptic: By Epïma; 9) fol. 173v: Donation, date of copying in Coptic: To the Monastery of St. Michael near present-day Hamuli; finished on Amsĭr̄ 13 ("today"), AM 564, 11th indication (Wednesday, February 8, 848); 10) Copyist in Coptic: By Epima, monk of the same monastery.
Martyrdom of St. Psote edited and translated into Italian by Orlandi (1978). Encomium on St. John Baptist edited and translated into English by Kuhn, and translated into Italian by Orlandi (1981). Martyrdom of St. Shnoufe and Brethren edited and translated into English by Reymond-Barns. Homily on the Virgin Mary edited and translated into Italian by Campagnano. Life of St. Hilaria edited and translated into English by Drescher. Martyrdom of SS. Apaioule and Pteleme edited and translated into English by Reymond-Barnes.
Written area ca. 265 x 215 mm. Divisions: Brown leather tabs fastened to fore-edge of fols. 59, 75, 139, 156, 168 at most major divisions of the codex; ekthesis, enlarged or sometimes greatly enlarged initial, and paragraphus sign (painted coronis sign [color omitted at fols. 44v-45r], or rarely diple or obelus, some with unusual shapes [fols. 40v-41r, 159v, 161v-162r]) setting off paragraphs; many passages, espeically quotations, marked by a small colored diple in margin of each line; fol. 148r with large diples marking names of gospels. Exceeding letters of last line of the column (a or b) sometimes written below end of the line of rectos and verso, sometimes encompassed by a stroke (fol. 73r elaborated into coronis).
Script: Upright (titles and colophons at fol. 173v right-sloping). 10 lines = ca. 82 mm
Superlineation: None. Punctuation: Raised dot (sometimes reddened) in conjunction with a space; space fillers at end of paragraphs. Tremas.
Collation: Signed on first and last page of the quire, top inner margin. Quire ornaments only in one quire, with accompanying monograms. No headlines or catchwords.
Decoration: Headpieces, tailpiece ornaments, paragraphus signs; extended letters; marginal ornaments, including: human figures (including Gabriel Archangel, Mary embracing Elizabeth, King David, etc.), animals, and other ornaments. Colors: moderate reddish orange (Centroid 37), green chemically altered, ?yellow faded.
Glosses on fols. 14r, 28v, 40r, 65r, 86r, 61r, and 92r.

Language: 
Coptic, the Sahidic dialect
Century: 
Classification: