“Folio with Omega Saint and Dove Coronis”
Folio 73r in a Coptic manuscript containing the New Testament. A decorative initial omega contains a face, probably depicting a saint. From this omega initial droops a long floral coronas made up of several pen-drawn doves with a dove biting the end.
Ink and pigment on vellum.
Made in the 10th century at the White Monastery in Fatimid Egypt. Currently held at the National Library of France.