Lot 7
  • 7

The Martyrdom of St. Barachias, in Coptic, codex on vellum [Upper Egypt, perhaps fourth to sixth century]

3,000 - 5,000 GBP
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4 fragments, from 34mm. by 17mm. up to 160mm. by 90mm., parts of 40 lines of text altogether in a large slightly sloping Coptic uncial with negligible word division, pieces defective and edges irregular, between glass, in a tan cloth case gilt (by Aquarius)



Erik von Scherling (1907-1956), of Leiden, who made a single visit to Egypt to acquire manuscripts in 1934-35; sold with the residue of his collection to Maggs in 1964. Schøyen MS 1905, bought from Maggs.

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Apparently unique. Suggested dates vary from the third to the tenth or eleventh century. The text includes words such as 'to God', 'my eyes saw', and 'cast him off'. The name Barachias also occurs in the New Testament (Matthew 23:35) and survives as a modern forename Barack.