Some Coptic Reliefs Purportedly from Coptos

Gawdat Gabra and Hany N. Takla

in Christianity and Monasticism in Upper Egypt

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9789774163111
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970481 | DOI:
Some Coptic Reliefs Purportedly from Coptos

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Adolphe Reinach and Raymond Weill bought several objects in Cairo from the antiquities dealer Michel Casira, who said they came from Coptos. They were drawn to the site by the remains of Ptolemaic and Roman architecture which Petrie had explored some fifteen years previously (Petrie 1896). These attested to the importance of the city in Hellenistic and Roman times, the era of Reinach's specialization. On arrival in Cairo, archaeologists not only paid the obligatory call at the Service des antiquités to pick up their permits to excavate, but also made the rounds of the dealers who were officially authorized by license. Reinach's trust in the Coptos provenance that Casira provided for the pieces he sold in 1910 was based on two factors. Weill and Reinach bought Coptic-style funerary stelae at Coptos.

Keywords: antiquities; Adolphe Reinach; Raymond Weill; Petrie; antiquités; stelae; Coptos; Michel Casira

Chapter.  3289 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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