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Ethiopian Scroll with the Lion of Judah
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Ethiopian Scroll with the Lion of Judah


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Description This prayer scroll was written in the nineteenth century to protect its owner, Wäldä Giyorgis. The front of the scroll contains prayers against evil which invoke the help of the Archangel Phanuel, while the back contains prayers requesting things as diverse as luck in love, help with headaches, and the protection of domestic animals. Scrolls such as these would have been worn as protective devices, and were made the length of the owner in order to protect them from head to foot. With a length of 151 cm, it can be inferred that Walda Giyorgis stood just under 5 feet tall.
Exhibitions
  • Angels of Light: Ethiopian Art from the Walters Art Museum. Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton; Museum of Biblical Art, New York. 2006-2007.
Provenance Joseph Dietrich, Alexandria, Virginia [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Gene Guerny, Alrlington, Virginia [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1997, by gift.
Credit Gift of Gene Guerny, 1997

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Period
19th century
Medium
ink and pigments on heavy yellow parchment
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
W.845
Measurements
Folio H: 59 7/16 × W: 3 7/16 in. (151 × 8.8 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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