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Prayer Scroll with Case
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Prayer Scroll with Case

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Description Clerics known as "dabtara" specialized in the creation of prayer scrolls like this for people suffering from curses or physical afflictions. The length of the scroll was custom-made to match the height of its owner, creating a physical connection between scroll and owner that enhanced the object's efficacy. Each scroll included a mixture of prayers, spells, and images that aided in the healing process and were specific to the person's condition. Scrolls were generally rolled and worn by their owners until the desired effect was achieved.
  • 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 Dr. John R. and Rose Mary Iddings, Glen Arm, Maryland [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 2001, by gift.
Credit Gift of Dr. John R. and Rose Mary Iddings, 2001

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late 19th-early 20th century (?)
parchment with ink, leather case
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
L: 3 1/2 x Diam: 3/4 in. (8.89 x 1.91 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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