Martyrdom of St. Pteleme, Egypt, 9th century-early 10th century, Pierpont Morgan Library MS. M.581
Ptolemy of Dendera nimbed, wearing diadem, mounted, right hand extended toward Paphnutius of Egypt nimbed, wearing monk’s habit,
holding staff and vessel inscribed "the receptacle of water" (Coptic), gesturing; inscriptions, "St. Apa Pteleme of Nikentori, ‘Greetings’" (Coptic);
"Apa Pteleme speaking with Apa Papnoute the ascetic, saying, ‘Greetings, Sir, my lord and father’" (Coptic);
and "Apa Papnoute speaking with Pteleme, ‘Greetings, O ruler’" (Coptic).
Call Number: B1 344 A MS M.0581
Title: Martyrdom of St. Pteleme.
Published/Created: Egypt, 9th cent.-early 10th cent.
Description: 25 leaves (2 columns, 27-30 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 324 x 261 mm
fol. 1v: Frontispiece
fol. 2r: Title: "Martyrdom of Apa Pteleme (Ptolomaeus) of Nikentorei (Dendera), prize-winner and martyr of Christ. He completed his struggle on the 11th day of Kiyahk.
He flew away to the heights, to him who loved him (or, to him whom he loved), Christ. In peace. Amen."
Language: Coptic, the Sahidic dialect
Notes: Manuscript written and illuminated in in the Fayum, Egypt, between 800 and 920.
Colophon: fol. 1v: Artist (and copyist?) in Coptic: By Deacon Dioskoros
Pierpont Morgan Library. Manuscript. M.581.
Referenced as figure 151 in The military technology of classical Islam by D Nicolle
151. Manuscript, St. Ptolomeus of Nikantori, 11th century AD, Coptic, Pierpont Morgan Lib. Ms. 581, New York (Ler C).
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