|A carte-de-visite portrait of a Coptic woman, or Christian Egyptian. According to tradition, the Coptic Orthodox Church is the Church of Alexandria that was established by Saint Mark, the apostle and evangelist, in the middle of the first century. It has been a distinct church body since the Council of Chalcedon in 451 CE, when it took a different position over the precise nature of Christ from that of the Eastern Orthodox and Catholic Churches.
An inked inscription verso in a period hand reads Femme copte / chretienne / Egypt 1869.
All the cartes-de-visite on this page, and many on the following pages, bear inscriptions in the same nineteenth-century hand and are dated 1869. It seems likely that were all originally acquired at the same time and from the same stockist.
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