Ali Arabi, Giza, Egypt, to 1908 
From 1908 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Ali Arabi in Giza, Egypt, in May 1908 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 See Original Miscellaneous List, Biblical Manuscripts Section, S.I. 1469, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. 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.
 See note 1.
 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.
- Previous Owner(s)
Ali Arabi (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Although the books of the Christian Bible were among the most translated and copied works in Coptic, no complete collection of the Old Testament in the ancient language has survived. The Freer manuscript is a Coptic version of the Septuagint psalms. It is associated with the site of a monastery in the Fayyum area of Egypt that medieval Arabic sources called Deir el-Karram, or the Monastery of the Vinedresser. The Freer's other Coptic and Greek biblical manuscripts are also connected with this site.
- Published References
- The Coptic Manuscripts in the Freer Collection. University of Michigan Humanistic Series, vol. 10 New York, 1923. pp. 1-106, pl. 1-5.
- Dr. Michelle Brown. In The Beginning: Bibles Before the Year 1000. Exh. cat. Washington, 2006. cat. 21, pp. 136, 262.
- Collection Area(s)
- Biblical Manuscripts
- Web Resources
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
Copyright with museum