Hagiographic Miscellany

Accession number: 
MS M.633
Hagiographic Miscellany
Egypt, before Aug. 29, 994.
Ancient binding: According to Petersen: Upper and lower covers, with the back, of leather, over papyrus boards (Bybliothecae Pierpont Morgan codices Coptici photographice expressi, vol. 56, pls. 1, 2, 75, 76). Cf. also Cockerell 1932.500 Present manuscript is part of the so-called "Edfu" collection, now mostly at the British Library. See Layton, Catalogue of Coptic literary manuscripts in the British Library acquired since the year 1906, 1987, XXVII-XXX. (Binding catalogued separately as MS M.633A.)
Purchased for J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1911.
37 leaves (1 column, 25-26 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 322 x 243 mm
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).

Manuscript hagiographic miscellany, written and decorated in Egypt before August 29, 994.
Sewing repair at fol. 18.
Colophons: 1) fol. 35v: Memorial in Coptic for the copyist (?); 2) fol. 35r: Donation, date of donation in Coptic: By a brother "whose name God knows;" AM 710 (August 29, 993-August 28, 994), AH 384 (February 15, 994-February 4, 995), i.e. February 15-August 28, 994; 3) fol. 35r: Memorial in Greek, almost entirely in cryptography: For and by [Markos], son of Deacon [Pakire], son of the priest [...], from Esna; Ṭūba 17, AM 751 (Sunday, January 12, 1035), AH 426 (November 16, 1034-November 4, 1035).
Martyrdom of the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus edited and translated into English by Drescher, and translated from the Greek by Halkin. Life of St. Phif the Anchorite edited (1975) and translated (1975 and 1984)into Italian by Orlandi.
Early dating terminus given as per L. Depuydt in "Catalogue of Coptic manuscripts in the Pierpont Morgan Library", p. L: "The earliest and latest dates found in Hamuli colophons are AD 822/823 and AD 913/914...Since the Hamuli group is fairly homogeneous, it is reasonable to assume that all manuscripts from Hamuli roughly belong in the period AD 822/823-913/914."
Written area ca. 238 x 169 mm. Divisions: Brown leather tab fastened to fore-edge of fol. 24 at major division of the codex; ekthesis, reddened enlarged initial, and paragraphus sign (reddened angular coronis, reddened obelus, sometimes without initial) setting off paragraphs; passage (fols. 29v-30v) marked by a reddened diple in margin of each line.
Script: Upright (titles and colophons right-sloping). 10 lines = ca. 95 mm
Superlineation: Non-standard. Punctuation: Raised dot in conjunction with a space. Tremas.
Collation: Signed on first and last page of the quire, top inner margin. Quire ornaments. No monograms, headlines or catchwords.
Decoration: Headpiece, tailpiece, marginal ornament, paragraphus signs, signatures, page numbers, extendedletters. Color: Red (chemically altered).

Coptic, the Sahidic dialect