Page of

Some Coptic Reliefs Purportedly from Coptos

Some Coptic Reliefs Purportedly from Coptos

(p.201) 18 Some Coptic Reliefs Purportedly from Coptos
Christianity and Monasticism in Upper Egypt
Gawdat GabraHany N. Takla
American University in Cairo Press

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

Sign In

Copyright © 2021. All rights reserved.
Privacy Policy and Legal Notice