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    DescriptionEgypt's Coptic Church is one of the oldest in the world, with a cultural tradition dating back two millennia, during which time churches have been built and a variety of distinctive art forms have flourished. The world's largest and most exquisite collection of Coptic artifacts is now housed in the Coptic Museum, founded in Old Cairo in 1908. Here for the first time, in this lavishly illustrated book, more than one hundred of the greatest treasures of the Coptic Museum have been beautifully photographed to present an overview of this rich artistic heritage. Objects from churches and monasteries across Egypt include some of the finest examples of Coptic icons, stelae, sculptures, wall paintings, wooden altar screens, metal crosses, censers, liturgical implements and vestments, chandeliers, and bible caskets. Textiles, ceramics, terracotta, ivory and bone carvings, and documents (including the famous Nag Hammadi Gnostic library from the fourth century, one of the most valuable collections of papyri in the world) provide invaluable insights into the economic and social life of Egypt over the past two thousand years.In addition to objects from the Coptic Museum, this book also includes photographs of surrounding churches, some of Egypt's oldest, that illustrate the architectural legacy of the Copts. The accompanying text and captions provide a description of Coptic civilization in general and Coptic art in particular.

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    The Treasures of Coptic Art
    In the Museum and Churches of Old Cairo
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Gawdat Gabra
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 246 mm
    Height: 335 mm
    Thickness: 31 mm
    Weight: 2,291 g
    ISBN 13: 9789774249334
    ISBN 10: 977424933X

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.1
    B&T General Subject: 140
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAE
    BIC E4L: ART
    BIC subject category V2: AGR
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: AT
    Libri: I-AT
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET135
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MIDEST
    BISAC V2.8: REL072000
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15850
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 07
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 55
    BISAC V2.8: ARC016000, HIS009000
    BIC subject category V2: ACG
    Abridged Dewey: 704
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAE
    BISAC V2.8: ART047000
    DC22: 709.32
    BISAC V2.8: ART035000
    LC classification: N7382 .G33 2006
    LC subject heading: , ,
    DC22: 701.94820962
    Thema V1.0: AGA, AGR
    Illustrations note
    150 colour illustrations
    The American University in Cairo Press
    Imprint name
    The American University in Cairo Press
    Publication date
    30 January 2007
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Gawdat Gabra, a former director of the Coptic Museum, is the author or editor of numerous books related to the literary and material culture of Egyptian Christianity, including most recently Christianity and Monasticism in the Fayoum Oasis (AUC Press, 2005).