Fragments Nos. 14, 15 and 16, mounted under glass

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At A Glance

  • Geography

    Fayyum, Egypt
  • Material

    Ink on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W: 10.9 x 7.7 cm (4 5/16 x 3 1/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Provenance

    To 1909
    Ali Arabi, Giza, Egypt, to 1909 [1]
    From 1909 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Ali Arabi in Giza, Egypt, in summer of 1909 [2]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
    [1] See Original Miscellaneous List, Biblical Manuscripts Section, S.I. 1485, pg. 8, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. See also, Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record. Also see W. H. Worrell: The Coptic Manuscripts in the Freer Collection; University of Michigan Humanistic Series, Vol. X (1923), Part I, pp. ix, xiii-xxvi. According to W.H. Worrell ". . . Professor Sanders has stated about all that can as yet be said of the provenance of the collection. The dealer who sold the manuscripts, [except no. 9] Ali Al Arabi of the village of Gizeh, near Cairo, at first asserted that they had been acquired in Akhmim, Upper Egypt. Later he owned that the statement was false, and produced the actual finders, who maintained that the manuscripts had been discovered at a spot which, though it cannot at present be named, is quite consistent with all the other evidence; it would have been a likely refuge for fugitives from the ruined Monastary of the Vinedresser, which lay near the third Pyramid, and was near enough to modern Gizeh so that the manuscripts would naturally be offered there for sale. It is therefore impossible to believe that the manuscripts were found near the White Monastary at Akhmim, or at Eshmunen" (W. H. Worrell: The Coptic Manuscripts in the Freer Collection; University of Michigan Humanistic Series, Vol. X (1923), Part I, p. x).
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Ali Arabi (ca. 1840-1932) (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Origin

    Fayyum, Egypt
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

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