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Christianity and Monasticism in Aswan and Nubia$
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Gawdat Gabra and Hany Takla

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9789774165610

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774165610.001.0001

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The Nubian Marble Object Preserved in Dayr al-Suryan in Wadi al-Natrun

The Nubian Marble Object Preserved in Dayr al-Suryan in Wadi al-Natrun

(p.213) 18 The Nubian Marble Object Preserved in Dayr al-Suryan in Wadi al-Natrun
Christianity and Monasticism in Aswan and Nubia

Bishop Martyros

American University in Cairo Press

There is a tray of white marble on which there are inscriptions in both the Greek and Nubian languages, in the Museum of the Holy Virgin Monastery (Dayr al-Suryan) in Wadi al-Natrun. The name of King Giorgios IV (AD 1131-58), son of King Basil (circa AD 1089) and father of King Moise who was enthroned in the kingdom of Northen Nubia (Noubadia) in AD 1160, is recorded on the tray. The liturgical text on its rims is similar to the Coptic liturgical texts. Some monks of the monastery believe that the tray was used as an altar top. Others believe the tray may have been intended to hold the eulogiae, the unconsecrated loaves of bread, which are distributed to the congregation at the end of the Divine Liturgy (Evelyn-White 1933: 215).

Keywords:   Nubian Marble, Dayr al-Suryan, Holy Virgin Monastery, Wadi al-Natrun, Coptic, King Giorgios IV, Bishop Martyros, Hugh Evelyn-White, Francis Crawford Burkitt

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