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Manuscript of Hymns for the Funeral Ritual
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Manuscript of Hymns for the Funeral Ritual


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Description This small manuscript is a is a copy of the Mäwas??t, a book of hymns for the funeral ritual, copied in a late nineteenth- or early twentieth-century hand. The Mäwas??t is based on the Psalms of David. This book is remarkable becaue it contains musical notations. A series of interlinear signs, called melekket in Ge'ez, provide a mnemonic system that assists the singer in remembering the tunes of the melodies associated with the signs and applying them to the words below.
Provenance Given to Rev. R. K. Le Fleur, ca. 1970 (?); given to Walters Art Museum, 2014.
Credit Gift of Rev. R. K. Le Fleur, 2014

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19th century
Medium
ink on parchment bound between wood covered with leather
Accession Number
W.931
Measurements
H: 4 13/16 × W: 3 9/16 × D: 1 15/16 in. (12.3 × 9 × 5 cm)
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