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The Walters' collection of Ethiopian icons, manuscripts, and processional crosses is one of the largest collections outside of Ethiopia. Historically, Ethiopia was a Christian kingdom with strong ties in both trade and religion to the cultures located around the Mediterranean. Ethiopia's Christian tradition dates back to the 4th century, when the ruler of the Aksumite kingdom converted to Christianity; by the 15th century, this African nation had developed a tradition of icon painting that rivaled that of the Orthodox empires. 


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Anaphora of Mary (Mass book)
Anaphora of Mary (Mass book) Title
2nd quarter 20th century Period
W.829 Accession
Archangel Michael and the Crossing of the Red Sea
Archangel Michael and the Crossing of the Red Sea Title
mid 19th century (Modern) Period
36.13.1 Accession
sword, wings, soldier, shoes Tags
Archangel Raphael and the Miracle of the Sea Monster
Archangel Raphael and the Miracle of the Sea Monster Title
mid 19th century (Modern) Period
36.13.2 Accession
african, angel, black, ethiopia, painting, shoes Tags
Coin Depicting an Anonymous King
Coin Depicting an Anonymous King Title
4th century Period
59.793 Accession
Diptych Icon with Saint George, and Mary and the Infant Christ
Diptych Icon with Saint George, and Mary and the Infant Christ Title
early 15th century Period
36.16 Accession
icon Tags
Diptych with Mary and Her Son Flanked by Archangels, Apostles and a Saint
Diptych with Mary and Her Son Flanked by Archangels, Apostles and a Saint Title
late 15th century Period
36.12 Accession
africa, child, jesus, man, color, mary, medieval, mother, son, teacher, resource, kit Tags
Diptych with Virgin and Child Flanked by Archangels; Scenes from the Lives of Christ and the Virgin, and Saints
Diptych with Virgin and Child Flanked by Archangels; Scenes from the Lives of Christ and the Virgin, and Saints Title
late 17th-early 18th century (Early Gondarine) Period
36.3 Accession
Double-sided Diptych with Mary at Dabra Metmaq (Front); Saints (Back)
Double-sided Diptych with Mary at Dabra Metmaq (Front); Saints (Back) Title
late 17th century (Gondarine) Period
36.8 Accession
Double-Sided Pendant with the Virgin and Child with Saint George and the Kwer'atä Reesu with Täklä Haymanot and donor
Double-Sided Pendant with the Virgin and Child with Saint George and the Kwer'atä Reesu with Täklä Haymanot and donor Title
late 18th century (Gondarine) Period
36.5 Accession
Ethiopian canon tables
Ethiopian canon tables Title
late 14th-early 15th century (Solomonic) Period
W.838 Accession
Ethiopian Gospels
Ethiopian Gospels Title
first half of the 16th century (Stephanite) Period
W.850 Accession
Ethiopian Gospels
Ethiopian Gospels Title
early 14th century Period
W.836 Accession
Ethiopian prayer book
Ethiopian prayer book Title
mid 20th century (Modern) Period
W.784 Accession
Ethiopian Scroll with the Lion of Judah
Ethiopian Scroll with the Lion of Judah Title
19th century Period
W.845 Accession
Folding Processional Icon in the Shape of a Fan
Folding Processional Icon in the Shape of a Fan Title
late 15th century Period
36.9 Accession
Gondar Homiliary
Gondar Homiliary Title
late 17th century (early Gondarine) Period
W.835 Accession
Gondarine sensul
Gondarine sensul Title
late 17th century (Gondarine) Period
36.10 Accession
Hand Cross
Hand Cross Title
13th-15th century (Medieval) Period
52.296 Accession
cross, face Tags
Hand Cross
Hand Cross Title
17th-18th century (Early Modern) Period
61.342 Accession
Hand Cross
Hand Cross Title
13th-15th century (Solomonic) Period
52.297 Accession
Hand Cross with Figure
Hand Cross with Figure Title
18th-19th century (Early Modern) Period
61.340 Accession
Icon of the Virgin and Child with Angels
Icon of the Virgin and Child with Angels Title
late 15th century Period
36.14 Accession
One of Two Coins Depicting Ousanas and an Anonymous King
One of Two Coins Depicting Ousanas and an Anonymous King Title
4th century Period
59.794 Accession
aksum, aksumite, coin, ethiopia, ethiopian, gilt, ousanas, silver Tags
Pendant Cross
Pendant Cross Title
18th-19th century (Early Modern) Period
57.2254.4 Accession
Pendant Cross
Pendant Cross Title
19th century (Modern) Period
57.2254.35 Accession
Pendant Cross
Pendant Cross Title
19th century (Modern) Period
57.2254.24 Accession
silver Tags
Pendant Cross
Pendant Cross Title
19th century (Modern) Period
57.2254.53 Accession
Pendant Cross
Pendant Cross Title
18th-19th century (Early Modern) Period
57.2254.17 Accession
ethiopian Tags
Pendant Cross
Pendant Cross Title
19th century (Modern) Period
57.2254.54 Accession
Pendant Icon
Pendant Icon Title
19th century (?) Period
36.17 Accession
Prayer Scroll with Archangel Michael and Cross
Prayer Scroll with Archangel Michael and Cross Title
late 19th-early 20th century (?) Period
2001.32.7 Accession
Prayer Scroll with Case
Prayer Scroll with Case Title
late 19th-early 20th century (?) Period
2001.32.8 Accession
Processional Cross
Processional Cross Title
15th century (Solomonic) Period
54.2894 Accession
Processional Cross
Processional Cross Title
14th-15th century (Solomonic) Period
54.2890 Accession
Processional Cross
Processional Cross Title
15th century (Solomonic) Period
54.2942 Accession
Processional Cross
Processional Cross Title
14th-15th century (Late Medieval) Period
54.1710 Accession
Processional Cross
Processional Cross Title
late 18th century (Gondarine) Period
54.2893 Accession
Processional Cross
Processional Cross Title
12th-13th century (Medieval) Period
54.2889 Accession
Processional Cross
Processional Cross Title
12th-13th century (Solomonic) Period
54.2891 Accession
Processional Cross
Processional Cross Title
15th century (Solomonic) Period
54.2892 Accession
Right Half of a Diptych with the Virgin and Child
Right Half of a Diptych with the Virgin and Child Title
ca. 1500 (Early Modern) Period
36.15 Accession
icon Tags
Scroll with Angels and Talismans
Scroll with Angels and Talismans Title
18th century Period
W.788 Accession
Single leaf with Christ's entombment and resurrection
Single leaf with Christ's entombment and resurrection Title
late 14th century (Solomonic) Period
W.839 Accession
Single leaf with Saint Luke
Single leaf with Saint Luke Title
late 14th century (Solomonic) Period
W.840 Accession
The Virgin and Child with Archangels, Scenes from the Life of Christ, and Saints
The Virgin and Child with Archangels, Scenes from the Life of Christ, and Saints Title
early 17th century (Early Gondarine) Period
36.4 Accession
nativity Tags
Triptych with Mary and Her Son, Archangels, Scenes from Life of Christ and Saints
Triptych with Mary and Her Son, Archangels, Scenes from Life of Christ and Saints Title
early 16th century Period
36.6 Accession
Triptych with Virgin and Child Flanked by Archangels; Scenes from the Life of Christ; Apostles and Saint George and Saint Mercurius
Triptych with Virgin and Child Flanked by Archangels; Scenes from the Life of Christ; Apostles and Saint George and Saint Mercurius Title
late 17th century-early 18th century Period
36.7 Accession
Two Ethiopian Prayer Books copied together
Two Ethiopian Prayer Books copied together Title
18th century Period
W.844 Accession