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Coptic items in the Egypt Centre


AB31The term ‘Copt’ or ‘Coptic’ was derived from the Greek word for ‘Egyptian’ and used by the Arabs to describe Egyptians who were largely Christian at the time of the Arab Conquest (AD 640). It is still used to describe Egyptian Christians.

The Christians put an end to the ancient Egyptian religion so that by the third century BC, most of the population was Christian. After the Arab Conquest, Islam held sway.

‘Coptic textiles’

EC519 Coptic stela

AB31 Earring with Coptic cross

IGibbs 1, Coptic stela (showing Coptic writing)

EC697 Eucharist bread

GR107 Flask showing St Menas

AR50/3490 Coptic fertility amulet




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