Coptic art

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The style of art associated with the Copts, the Christian Egyptians, who flourished from the 4th to the 7th century ad. They developed their own Coptic script, a version of the Egyptian language written in Greek letters. Their early art displays a mixture of Hellenistic and Egyptian styles. A unique style soon developed, seen in architecture, manuscripts, glass, pottery, and metalwork. Particularly remarkable were the woven textiles of the 5th and 6th centuries, embroidered or painted with simple designs of figures and animals in a limited range of colours. With the entry of the Arabs into Egypt in 641, Coptic culture gradually gave way to that of Islam.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

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