Fragmentary prayers

Accession number: 
MS M.671.1
Fragmentary prayers
Egypt, 14th? or 15th? century.
Ancient binding: According to Petersen: Upper and lower covers, and the back, of thin leather, over papyrus boards. The manuscript is conserved in its original binding. Petersen dates it to the 13th century AD. The binding has one clasp consisting of "plain, single leather thongs fastened in the upper cover and terminating at their free ends in knotted knobs which, reaching over the edge of the lower cover, could be buttoned into short clasp loops or 'eyes' made of leather and fastened in the lower cover about an inch away from its edge" (Petersen 1954a, 60).
Purchased by J.P. Morgan (1867-1943) in 1920.
8 leaves (1 column, ca. 10 lines) : paper, ill. ; 4 x 3 1/4 inches (102 x 83 mm); binding: 4 1/4 x 3 3/4 x 1/2 inches (108 x 95 x 12 mm)
Part of a lot purchased ca. 1920 by Francis Willey Kelsey (1858-1927) in the Fayyūm, partly from Dr. David L. Askren, an American missionary and physician residing in the Fayyūm, and partly from two local Egyptian dealers.

Binding measured with book closed.
Manuscript fragments from prayers for the Service of the Evening and Morning Incense; written in Egypt in the 14th? or 15th? century.
Text: Coptic; headings in Arabic (mostly in red).
Extract from present fragments in Depuydt.
Written area ca. 81 x 56 mm. Divisions: Arabic title in red and major initial setting off major textual units; ekthesis and reddened slightly enlarged initial setting off paragraphs.
Script: Upright. 10 lines = ca. 78 mm
Superlineation: New-style jinkim system. Punctuation: A red obelus. No tremas.
Collation: Uncertain, but hypothetically leaves 3 to 6 and 8 to 10 of the first quire and leaf 7 of the second quire of the codex (assuming regular quire structure in tens, which can be expected in Bohairic lectionaries; inferred from the ancient foliation). Catchwords on versos. No remains of quire ornaments, signatures, or monograms. No headlines.
Decoration: Headpiece, folio numbers. Color: Red (faded or chemically altered).

Coptic, the Bohairic dialect, and Arabic