Byzantine Section

The Byzantine section comprises a unique collection of daily life used objects which clearly reveals the characteristics of the Coptic art. This art, which is a popular Christian art restricted to Egypt, is in principle a religious form of art that tends to be symbolic and simple. The characters depicted are either inspired by the Holy Bible or represent eminent local Saints. The Coptic art neglected the third dimension, and human figures were portrayed in only two dimensions. The use of geometric motifs, which have a symbolic  religious connotation, was quite popular. The triangle, for instance, connotes the Holy Trinity. Animal figures, such as fish and floral motifs as vine branches, were widespread.
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