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Antique Christian Amulet

15 April 2016

Christian Prayer Amulet with a Tax Receipt on the Back.

In 2014 Dr Roberta Mazza found a late antique Christian amulet mentioning the Last Supper Eucharist formula among the unpublished Greek papyri held in the John Rylands Library. The papyrus leaflet was later re-used for writing a tax receipt, deciphered by Roberta using multispectral imaging technique performed by the Library's photographers. The final edition and commentary of the manuscript has recently been published in the peer-reviewed academic journal Zeitschrift für Papirologie und Epigraphik.

To find out more about Roberta's and the Institute's work on the Papyri collections visit


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