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Coptic Tracery Binding, Egypt, the Fayum, 7th or 8th century
from Pierpont Morgan’s Collection from The Morgan Library & Museum in New York
"…the Coptic cover of the Gospels, is one of 60 Coptic bindings that Pierpont Morgan purchased in 1911, the year after they were found near the Monastery of St. Michael in Egypt. Almost all works were found with their original bindings and constitute an essential collection for the study of Coptic bookbinding. The Coptic Tracery Binding is regarded as the finest surviving Coptic binding. At its center is a cross surrounded by interlaced designs composed of two intertwined squares within a circle. All of these elements were cut from a single piece of red leather and sewn over gilt parchment.”

Coptic Tracery Binding, Egypt, the Fayum, 7th or 8th century

from Pierpont Morgan’s Collection from The Morgan Library & Museum in New York

"…the Coptic cover of the Gospels, is one of 60 Coptic bindings that Pierpont Morgan purchased in 1911, the year after they were found near the Monastery of St. Michael in Egypt. Almost all works were found with their original bindings and constitute an essential collection for the study of Coptic bookbinding. The Coptic Tracery Binding is regarded as the finest surviving Coptic binding. At its center is a cross surrounded by interlaced designs composed of two intertwined squares within a circle. All of these elements were cut from a single piece of red leather and sewn over gilt parchment.”

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