ALTAR-BOARD (maqta‘ or al-lawh al-khashab)
A consecrated rectangular wooden panel set into a special slot on the surface of the altar to be used as a substitute reliquary, when needed. Usually it is decorated with a cross and bears the signs ΙΧΘΥΣ (Jesus Christ Son of God) in the four squares between the arms of the cross.
[See also: Antimension.]
- Burmeister, O. H. E. The Egyptian or Coptic Church, pp. 21-22. Cairo, 1967.
- Butler, A. J. The Ancient Coptic Churches of Egypt, Vol. 2, pp. 3-7. Oxford, 1884; repr., 1970.