Hagiographic Miscellany

Accession number: 
MS M.609
Hagiographic Miscellany
Egypt, ca. 822/23-913/14.
Ancient binding: According to Petersen, lower cover, and a piece of the back, of leather, over papyrus board, and a fragment from the papyrus board of the upper cover. (Binding is catalogued separately as MS M.609A.)
Purchased for J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1914) in 1911.
100 leaves (2 columns, 29-32 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 349 x 261 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 illuminated in Egypt, ca. 822/23-913/14.
Roughly 1 per 20 leaves have sewing repairs.
Colophons: 1) fol. 100v: Original donation, second donation in Coptic: Originally to the Monastery of St. Michael at [...] (erased); then to the Monastery of St. Michael near present-day Hamuli (by substituting in the erasure by a second hand).
The first two leaves are wanting; the first leaf, Hamouli II, was purchased for Louvain University in January 1936; it was destroyed May 17, 1940 in the Louvain University Library fire.
Written area ca. 271 x 194 mm. Divisions: Traces of leather tabs fastened to fore-edge of fols. 53, 93, at major divisions of the codex; ekthesis, major initial, and paragraphus sign (vine-scroll coronis, sometimes with dove feeding from foliage) setting off major textual units; ekthesis, reddened enlarged initial, and paragraphus sign (coronis, diple, obelus, the obelus sometimes occuring without an initial) setting off paragraphs; angular coronis setting off subdivisions of paragraphs; some passages, especially quotations, marked by a small reddened diple in margin of each line. Exceeding letters of last line of recto written below end of the line and encompassed by a red stroke on ca. a sixth of the leaves.
Script: Upright (titles and colophons right-sloping). 10 lines = ca. 91 mm
Superlineation: Non-standard. Punctuation: Raised dot in conjunction with a space; colon and horizontal stroke as space fillers at end of paragraphs. Tremas.
Collation: Signed on first and last page of the quire, top inner margin. Quire ornament on fol. 8v. Headlines. No monograms or catchwords.
Decoration: headpieces, tailpiece ornaments, marginal ornaments, paragraphus signs, signatures and page numbers, extended letters. Colors: dark orange (Centroid 51), ?green (chemically altered).

Coptic, the Sahidic dialect