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British Library MS Or 6796 (4) + MS Or 6796

Category: question mark icon Classification of the contents, e.g. magical (formulary or applied), alchemical, liturgical, documentary or medical.

Magical (formulary)


1. Ro ll. 1-64: Spell to cast out every unclean spirit (exorcism, parallels wth Mary in Bartos)

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Egyptian (Coptic)





Language/dialect notes:

See related texts for further notes; cf. Bélanger Sarrazin (2017: p. 383)

Date: question mark icon Dates are CE unless preceded by a minus sign <->, in which case they are BCE. 551 – 650
Date notes:

Crum dates to ca. 600 CE (Kropp 1931: p. xi); 476-525 (TM 21/3/2019); 501-700 (Bélanger Sarrazin 2017: p. 383)

Archive/collection: question mark icon Larger collection to which manuscript belongs. KYP A15
Archive name: British Museum Portfolio
State of edition:

Published. New edition desirable.



Rotulus (?)



Dimensions (cm): Height: 69 Width: 24 Depth:
Dimensions (notes):

Kropp (1931: p. 47). 6794 (4): 34.5 x 24 cm; 6796: 34.5 x 23 cm.

Folding pattern:

5 vertical and 9 (?) horizontal creases (KD from autopsy on 5/4/2019)

State of preservation:


Pages/Columns: question mark icon Total surviving columns in the manuscript for rolls, sheets and rotuli; total number of pages for codices.


Pages/Columns (notes):

1 column recto, 64 lines. 6796 (4) is a sheet made from gluing three pieces of papyrus together, where the breaks are after ll. 14 and 33.


British Museum Scribe


Thebes, Egypt (?)

(TM places ID: 2355)
Place of purchase: (TM places ID: )

Thebes, Egypt (?)

(TM places ID: 2355)
Present Location:

London, British Library

Collection History:

Acquired in 1907 with Or 6794, 6795, 6796 (1-3) (List of Oriental Manuscripts: p. 301)

Trismegistos collection: question mark icon Page on the database Trismegistos collections for the institution which currently houses the manuscript. 192
Collection website:


It is unclear if this 6796 (4) and 6796 were a single rotulus, or two loose sheets grouped together.


★ Kropp, Angelicus. Ausgewählte koptische Zaubertexte. Textpulikation. Vol. 1. Bruxelles: Édition de la Fondation Égyptologique Reine Élisabeth, 1931, p. 47-49, no. J.

Kropp, Angelicus. Oratio Mariae ad Bartos. Ein koptischer Gebetstext aus den Giessener Papyrus-Sammlungen. Gießen: Universitätsbibliothek, 1965, text b, p. 14-15 (ll. 31-45).


Kropp, Angelicus. Ausgewählte koptische Zaubertexte. Übersetzungen und Anmerkungen. Vol. 2. Bruxelles: Édition de la Fondation Égyptologique Reine Élisabeth, 1931, p. 57-62, no. 15.

Meyer, Marvin W., and Richard Smith. Ancient Christian Magic: Coptic Texts of Ritual Power. Princeton (New Jersey): Princeton University Press, 1999, p. 290-292, no. 132.


Bélanger Sarrazin, Roxanne. “Les appels au « Jésus guérisseur » dans les formules iatromagiques coptes”, in Études coptes XVI. Dix-huintième journée dàétudes (Bruxelles, 22-24 juin 2017) (Cahiers de la bibiothèque copte 23), edited by Anne Boud’hors, Esther Garel, Catherine Louis and Naïm Vanthieghem. Paris: Éditions de Boccard, 2020, p. 197-199.

Camplani, Alberto. “‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani’. Pluralità dei linguiaggi religiosi e loro rielaborazione rituale in alcune preghiere magihche copte,” Studi e Materiali di Storia delle Religioni 76.1 (2010): p. 144-145.

Department of Oriental P.B. and Mss. (British Library), List of Oriental Manuscripts 1890-1908, Or. 4047-6947, p. 301.

Fauth, Wolfgang. Jao-Jawhe und seine Engel: Jahwe-Apellationen und zugehörige Engelnamen in griechischen und koptischen Zaubertexten. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2014, p. 71-72.

Kropp, Angelicus M. “Die Kreuzigungsgruppe des koptischen Papyrus Brit. Mus. Ms. Or. 6796.” Oriens Christianus 3 (1929): p. 64-68.

Martín-Hernández, Raquel. “El poder de las imágenes en la magia a partir del s. IV d. C. Las representaciones de Jesús.” In Los orígenes del cristianismo en la literatura, el arte y la iconografía II, edited by J. A. Álvarez Pedrosa, M. López Salva and I. Sanz Extremeño. Madrid: 2018, p. 255-268.

Sanzo, Joseph E. “The Innovative Use of Biblical Traditions for Ritual Power: The Crucifixion of Jesus on a Coptic Exorcistic Spell (Brit. Lib. Or. 6796[4], 6796) as a Test Case.” Archiv für Religionsgeschichte 16 (2014): 67–98.

Trismegistos ID:


PGM: question mark icon Papyri Gracae Magicae SM: question mark icon Supplementum Magicum GEMF: question mark icon Greek and Egyptian Magical Formularies (forthcoming) ACM: question mark icon Ancient Christian Magic


Bélanger Sarrazin: question mark icon Bélanger-Sarrazin. “Catalogue des textes magiques coptes”


AKZ: question mark icon Ausgewählte koptische Zaubertexte

1.J, 2.15

CBd: question mark icon Campbell-Bonner Magical Gems Database Mert.-Pack: question mark icon Mertens-Pack online database
Van H: question mark icon van Haelst, Catalogue des papyrus littéraires Bruyn-Dijkstra: question mark icon de Bruyn and Dijkstra, “Greek Amulets and Formularies (Checklist)" TheDefix: question mark icon Thesaurus Defixionum To Zodion:
Edit History:

KD (24/1/2019); EL (21/3/2019); KD (5/4/2019); MPS (2/9/2019); KD (30/9/2019); EL (2/9/2020); KD (16/3/2021); KD (4/5/2021)

How to cite:
Korshi Dosoo, Edward O.D. Love & Markéta Preininger (chief editors). "KYP M308," Kyprianos Database of Ancient Ritual Texts and Objects, Accessed on 22/05/2022

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