Inv. No. 1515
Unknown provenance

Octagonal ink-pot with conical cover, bronze chain and crosses.

Two cauldrons
Inv. No. 5019/2
Asfoun, Upper Egypt

In the Roman era every-day objects were preferably made of bronze. These two cauldrons are provided with two strap handles. Three of its four feet are in the form of an animal’s legs.

Bible casket
Inv. No. 4867
Wood, silver
H: 39,5 cm, W: 29 cm, D: 10.5 cm
Unknown provenance, 1255

This precious Bible casket of wood is covered with embossed silver sheets attached by nails. A rombic and floral pattern runs along all four sides. In the centre Virgin Mary with Jesus sitting on her lap are placed in between two Arabic lines.

Bible casket
Inv. No. 1565
Wood, silver with gilding, glass
H: 49 cm, W: 38 cm, D. 10 cm
Old Cairo, Church of the Virgin Mary (Qasrat al-Rihan), 1424

The entire surface of this richly decorated Bible casket is embossed with floral patterns and interlace. In the centre, cabochons of glass in white and green create a floral pattern. A Coptic text at the upper and lower edges of the casket designate the church the casket was dedicated to, in A.D. 1424.

Inv. No. 1510
H: 47 cm, W: 41 cm
Old Cairo, Fortress of Babylon, 3rd / 4th century

A majestic eagle with outspread wings holds in its talons a horn filled with leaves and fruitbearing branches. The eagle is an ancient symbol of power, beauty and independence. In Christianity the eagle became a symbol of resurrection and the evangelist St. John. This bronze eagle was discovered in the debris of the Fortress of Babylon.

Inv. No. 1386
Provenance unknown, Byzantine period

This lamp on an elaborate stand is decorated with a cross implying a religious context. A rooster is placed at its top.

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