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Transfiguration of Christ Illuminated Gospel (14th–15th century) by the Amhara Peoples - Public Domain Ethiopian Orthodox Painting

Details: This illuminated manuscript of the Four Gospels was created at a monastic center in northern Ethiopia. Twenty full-page paintings depict scenes from the life of Christ and four portraits of the evangelists introduce the respective Gospel texts. The New Testament was translated from Greek into Geez, the classical language...

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Ethiopian Prayer Book with Case (Mahdar) 19th century - Ethiopian Orthodox Stock Photo

Details: This leather-bound manuscript is a prayer book written in Gə’ez, the liturgical language of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Its 144 folios features three distinct kinds of ornaments: a single full-page illumination; interlaced borders (haräg); and textual ornament, including punctuation marks and headers. The full-page illumination on folio 1v...

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Presentation of Christ in the Temple Illuminated Gospel (14th–15th century) by the Amhara Peoples - Public Domain Ethiopian Orthodox Painting

Details: This illuminated manuscript of the Four Gospels was created at a monastic center in northern Ethiopia. Twenty full-page paintings depict scenes from the life of Christ and four portraits of the evangelists introduce the respective Gospel texts. The New Testament was translated from Greek into Geez, the classical language...

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Holy Women at the Tomb Illuminated Gospel (14th–15th century) by the Amhara Peoples - Public Domain Ethiopian Orthodox Painting

Details: This illuminated manuscript of the Four Gospels was created at a monastic center in northern Ethiopia. Twenty full-page paintings depict scenes from the life of Christ and four portraits of the evangelists introduce the respective Gospel texts. The New Testament was translated from Greek into Geez, the classical language...

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Adoration of the Magi Illuminated Gospel (14th–15th century) by the Amhara Peoples - Public Domain Ethiopian Orthodox Painting

Details: This illuminated manuscript of the Four Gospels was created at a monastic center in northern Ethiopia. Twenty full-page paintings depict scenes from the life of Christ and four portraits of the evangelists introduce the respective Gospel texts. The New Testament was translated from Greek into Geez, the classical language...

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The Virgin Mary with Angels, Saints, and Kings (17th Century) by Te'amire Maryam) - Public Domain Ethiopian Orthodox Painting

Details: Created under King Yohannes (1667–1682) or King Iyyasu I (1682–1706), this manuscript in the First Gonderine style—with bold outlines and a rich palette—includes 32 painted scenes narrating the miracles performed by the Virgin Mary, a series intended to guide weekly devotion. These codified “Miracles of...

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Jesus Christ and The Virgin Mary Surrounded by Angels (17th Century) by Te'amire Maryam) - Public Domain Orthodox Painting

Details: Created under King Yohannes (1667–1682) or King Iyyasu I (1682–1706), this manuscript in the First Gonderine style—with bold outlines and a rich palette—includes 32 painted scenes narrating the miracles performed by the Virgin Mary, a series intended to guide weekly devotion. These codified “Miracles of...

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Crucifixion, with Mary and Saint John and the Resurrection (early 18th Century) Ethiopian - Public Domain Orthodox Painting

Details In the seventeenth century, Ethiopian artists were increasingly exposed to forms of expression from Europe. During this period, double-sided diptychs became popular among the nobility as pendant icons worn suspended by a cord around the neck. The subject matter depicted on this example is a standard program for this...

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Virgin Mary, Child Jesus with Archangels Gabriel and Michael (late 17th century) Central Ethiopia - Public Domain Orthodox Painting

Details Although Orthodox Christianity has been practiced in the highlands of Ethiopia since the 4th century, this elaborate triptych is rendered in the courtly First Gonderine style, which flourished during the reign of King Iyyasu I (1682–1706) and incorporated bold, richly decorated forms and figures. With its central panel...

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