Coptic Faces

Over at Manuscripts and Microfilm blog, I’ve read a nice post about a Greek manuscript in Istanbul (Patriarchate Library, Panagia Kamariotissa, ms. 5 – 10th century; contains homilies of John Chrysostom), in which the blogger “found a delightful illustrated note left by a monk called Ignatios from the early 17th century.”

Then follows the photos of the illustrated note. The author remarks:

“The best thing about Ignatios’ note is probably the accompanying portrait in which a bearded man (a monk, likely) stretches out his left hand at the text. Ignatios (or perhaps someone else) did two little test drawings of a face and a hand. I think it’s not unfair to say that the faces turned out a little better than the hands. 🙂

You should definitely check out the portrait made by this 17th century Greek maestro. It’s truly a masterpiece. But other grandi maestri preceded Ignatios by many hundreds of years (600 or 700). Below are only two examples which I found in Coptic (Sahidic) manuscripts. I admit, the choices are purely personal.

f7.highresI read on the web many conspiratorial theories according to which Coptic manuscripts speak about the existence of UFOs. Above is the evidence that these theories are correct.

I.1.b.655 verso Lantschoot no. LVIII


About Alin Suciu

I am a researcher at the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities. I write mostly on Coptic literature, Patristics, and apocryphal texts.
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2 Responses to Coptic Faces

  1. Onfim is the best drawer of all times !

  2. Saskia Dirkse says:

    Those are truly amazing. I think Ignatios has been bested!

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