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COPTIC MAIDEN VINTAGE ENGRAVING FROM THE NINETEENTH-CENTURY

February 7, 2016

Coptic Maiden3

A vintage engraving of a Coptic maiden (Koptebmädchen) from Ferdinand Hirts Geographische bildtafeln, Vol. 3, which was published in 1884.

It is interesting to observe her dress and what she wears on her head, in addition to her jewellery. The colour, however, does not reflect the colour of the Copts. Copts are usually paler than this.

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  1. February 8, 2016 10:21 pm

    She looks more Sudanese or Ethiopian. The facial features seems to suggest such, and it was common to refer to them as “Copts” as under the Coptic Church.

    • Dioscorus Boles permalink*
      February 8, 2016 11:34 pm

      You may be right but the book speaks in different location of Sudan and Ethiopia. I think the woman is Coptic but the shadowing has been inaccurate as to darken the picture too much.

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