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Ethiopia

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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Image for Coin Depicting an Anonymous King

Coin Depicting an Anonymous King

Ethiopian Artist
4th century
59.793
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Image for One of Two Coins Depicting Ousanas and an Anonymous King

One of Two Coins Depicting Ousanas and an Anonymous King

Ethiopian Artist
4th century
59.794
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Processional Cross

Ethiopian Artist
12th-13th century (Solomonic)
54.2891
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Processional Cross

Ethiopian Artist
12th-13th century (Medieval)
54.2889
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Hand Cross

Ethiopian Artist
13th-15th century (Medieval)
52.296
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Hand Cross

Ethiopian Artist
13th-15th century (Solomonic)
52.297
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Processional Cross

Ethiopian Artist
14th-15th century (Solomonic)
54.2890
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Processional Cross

Ethiopian Artist
14th-15th century (Late Medieval)
54.1710
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Image for Ethiopian Gospels

Ethiopian Gospels

early 14th century
W.836
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Image for Single leaf with Christ's entombment and resurrection

Single leaf with Christ's entombment and resurrection

Ethiopian Artist
late 14th century (Solomonic)
W.839
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Single leaf with Saint Luke

Ethiopian Artist
late 14th century (Solomonic)
W.840
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Ethiopian canon tables

Ethiopian Artist
late 14th-early 15th century (Solomonic)
W.838
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Processional Cross

Ethiopian Artist
15th century (Solomonic)
54.2894
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Processional Cross

Ethiopian Artist
15th century (Solomonic)
54.2942
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Image for Diptych Icon with Saint George, and Mary and the Infant Christ

Diptych Icon with Saint George, and Mary and the Infant Christ

Ethiopian Artist
early 15th century
36.16
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Processional Cross

Ethiopian Artist
15th century (Solomonic)
54.2892
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Image for 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

late 15th century (Solomonic)
36.12
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Image for Right Half of a Diptych with the Virgin and Child Flanked by Angels

Right Half of a Diptych with the Virgin and Child Flanked by Angels

Ethiopian Artist
late 15th century
36.14
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Image for Folding Processional Icon in the Shape of a Fan

Folding Processional Icon in the Shape of a Fan

Ethiopian Artist
late 15th century (Stephanite)
36.9
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Image for Right Half of a Diptych with the Virgin and Child

Right Half of a Diptych with the Virgin and Child

ca. 1500 (Early Modern)
36.15
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Ethiopian Gospels

Ethiopian Artist
first half of the 16th century (Stephanite)
W.850
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Image for 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

Ethiopian Artist
early 16th century (Solomonic)
36.6
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Image for Double-Sided Leaf from a Sensul

Double-Sided Leaf from a Sensul

Ethiopian Artist
ca. 16th century (Solomonic)
W.927
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Double-Sided Leaf from a Sensul

Ethiopian Artist
ca. 16th century (Solomonic)
W.928
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Double-Sided Leaf from a Sensul

Ethiopian Artist
ca. 16th century (Solomonic)
W.929
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Hand Cross

Ethiopian Artist
17th-18th century (Early Modern)
61.342
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Image for 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

Ethiopian Artist
early 17th century (Early Gondarine)
36.4
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Gondar Homiliary

late 17th century (early Gondarine)
W.835
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Gondarine sensul

Ethiopian Artist
late 17th century (Gondarine)
36.10
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Image for 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

Ethiopian Artist
late 17th century-early 18th century (Late Solomonic)
36.7
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Image for Double-sided Diptych with Mary at Dabra Metmaq (Front); Saints (Back)

Double-sided Diptych with Mary at Dabra Metmaq (Front); Saints (Back)

Ethiopian Artist
late 17th century (Gondarine)
36.8
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Image for 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

Ethiopian Artist
late 17th-early 18th century (Early Gondarine)
36.3
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