Coptic burial shroud, 2nd century

Coptic burial shroud, 2nd century

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Credit: SPUTNIK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Coptic burial shroud. 2nd-century burial shroud with the deceased (centre) flanked by Egyptian-style figures. At right is the jackal-headed Anubis, associated with mummification and the afterlife in Ancient Egypt. At left is the sarcophagus in which the deceased would be mummified. Anubis is here depicted in a protective role. Christianity was established in Egypt in the 1st century AD soon after the founding of the religion. The native Christian community in Egypt came to be known as Coptic Christians. Photographed at the State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, Russia.

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