Description The Aksumite Kingdom began to issue coins about AD 270. Silver and bronze coins were issued for local, everyday use, and generally followed the design of Roman coins with a bust portrait of the ruler in profile on one side. Aksumite coins were the first in the ancient world to carry the cross as a symbol of the ruler's devotion to the Christian religion.
- Ethiopian Art at The Walters. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1996.
- 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 William Wright Gallery, New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Knopfelmacher Collection, New York, [date of acquisition unknown] by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1996, by gift.
Credit Gift of Joseph and Margaret Knopfelmacher, 1996
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