The Coptic Museum in Cairo celebrates Christmas and New Year with a special exhibition

Nevine El-Aref , Sunday 24 Dec 2023

Under the title "A Marvelous Christmas Tale," the Coptic Museum in Old Cairo is organizing a 30-day temporary archaeological exhibition, showcasing a collection of 13 unique artifacts from the museum’s treasured collection depicting the Coptic art wonders, in celebration of Christmas and the New Year.

Coptic Museum

 

The exhibition put on show a collection of manuscripts, icons, metals tools, textiles, and woodworks, the Coptic Museum’s Director-General Gihan Atef explained.

This collection shed light on rare and diverse Nativity scenes, including an icon depicting the Annunciation of the Angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary at the birth of Jesus Christ, a manuscript of the Four Gospels in Arabic, and a bronze censer decorated with scenes representing various events from the life of Jesus Christ, including the scenes of the Annunciation and the Nativity.

Additionally, there is a manuscript of the Synaxarium in Arabic, illustrating the days of fasting and feasts, with prayers read in church; it also contains the commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ on the 29th of Kiahk.

The exhibition also features a rare icon depicting various scenes from the life of Saint Nicholas, known as Santa Claus. Furthermore, a manuscript containing hymns to the Virgin Mary, another manuscript of the Four Gospels in Arabic, and a piece of fabric depicting an angel carrying a wreath are shown in the exhibition.

The museum will also organize several activities for children presented by the Animation Team for Kids and a Santa Claus team, in addition to artistic workshops to create Christmas tree decorations.

 

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