About this object

Papyrus mounted on calico stuck to a card backing. Inscribed in Greek text in 1860 by Constantine Simonides; which he described as being from the Gospel of St. Matthew, 'Last Supper', written by Nicholas the Deacon, some fifteen years after the ascension of Jesus Christ. The papyrus is most likely ancient but the text is a modern forgery.

Marked in pencil with the letter L. Dimensions include the backing.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Constantine Simonides
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    1860 AD
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1860 before
  • Measurements
    265 mm x 435 mm
  • Note
    Papyrus is mounted under glass.
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer ( Collector, previous owner); Constantine Simonides ( Artist/maker)


Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Donation
Object view = Humanities
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