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“KOPTYJSKIEGO MNICHA” (COPTIC MONK) BY THE POLISH ARTIST WOJCIECH CHMIEL

August 3, 2012

“Koptyjskiego Mnicha (Coptic Monk)” by Wojciech Chmiel

Wojciech Chmiel (b. 1949) is an accomplished Polish artist.[1] I found a very beautiful and interesting piece of art by him, titled “Koptyjskiego Mnicha (Coptic Monk)”. There isn’t much detail to let us know about the date or the circumstances that inspired this work. Anyway, I like it very much, and I have, therefore, decided to show it on my blog.

This figurine reminds me of Anba Elia, Coptic Bishop of Khartoum, Sudan. I know Wojciech Chmiel visited Sudan. Did he meet with Anba Elia? Did his encounter with him inspire the execution of this beautiful work? Possible! Hope to know one day!

Update (4 August 2012):

Some of you have asked for a photo of Anba Elia to be put up, so that they can judge for themselves. Here it is below:

Anba Elia, Bishop of Khartoum, South of Sudan and Uganda.


[1] See his website at http://chmiel.az.pl/

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