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COPTIC SCRIBE VINTAGE ENGRAVING FROM THE NINETEENTH-CENTURY

February 7, 2016

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

The reader will see that the scribe is wearing a dark dress with a dark turban, which were imposed on all Copts by the Muslim authorities to signal them out for ridicule and discriminatory laws. The reader will also note that this distinction in the code dress, called Ghi’yar, came to an end by the British occupation of Egypt in 1884. The engraving most probably was made just before that happened.

 

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