London, South Kensington
28 April 2004
THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN GENTLEMAN
A GROUP OF FRAGMENTARY GREEK AND COPTIC PAPYRI
4TH-9TH CENTURY A.D.
Comprising mainly Coptic accounts, lists of names, literary fragments, and two Greek biblical extracts; and three narrow linen bandages inscribed in ink in late hieratic with spells from the Book of the Dead, circa 3rd-1st Century B.C. (a lot)
Formerly in the George Anastase Michaelides collection (1900-1973) and legally exported from Egypt in the 1940s. Michaelides was born in Cairo and, in the 1930s-1940s, acquired one of the finest collections of papyri, ostraca, bronzes, seals and scarabs, most of which are now in important museums. (See Christie's London, 29 October 2003, lots 118-197).
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