|TM ID||TM 102978|
|Findspot (DEChriM ID)||15 (al-Baǧawāt)||Class||Textual|
I.Oasis p. 62-63 no. 1; IGChrEg 357; SEG XXXVIII 1697: Liturgical text.
Text painted in red on a layer of white plaster on the left side of the west wall. The first line ("One God Verb") starts with a cross and is written in a round majuscule; whereas the rest of the text is in a square majuscule.
Prayer on behalf of the deceased person/people of the chapel, starting with an invocatio to the holy trinity, father, son and holy spirit, the truth of God, quoting elements from Matth. 6, 13 / Luke 11, 4. The end is partially lost but parts of an indictional date remain. Unsystematic use of nomina sacra.
The "One God" formula (l. 1) is commonly found in 4th c. western Desert, see I.Ain el-Gedida 10.4.2.
Written in smaller letters, above this inscription: I.Oasis p. 63 no. 2.
|Selection criteria||Subliterary genre (Liturgical), Christian symbols/gestures/isopsephy, Nomina sacra, Biblical quote or paraphrase|
Palaeography, quality of the hand and location of the dipinto inside a niche, led Wagner to consider the text as part of the original funerary program of the chapel (but gives no date).
|Absolute/relative date||Relative date|
Chapel 71 is of a "square domed type" (type 4, Fakhry 1951: 20). We find in the same chapel the oldest Coptic dipinti of the necropolis, see Roquet 1976: 45.
Al-Baǧawāt, in situ (Chapel no. 71 / Roquet, Ghica no. 1.05)