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  • Description

    Cushion cover; embroidered with wool with scene from the Ethiopian Sheba legend on one side only, showing two figures beneath the stelae at Aksum believed to mark the burial-place of the Queen of Sheba; bright colours; black cotton backing and zips.

  • Date

    • 20thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 39 centimetres
    • Width: 37.5 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Bowers catalogue entry
    Embroidered with wool, each shows a different scene from the Ethiopian tradition of Solomon and Sheba. These are part of the modern tourist-orientated industry within that country which has developed the story into a revenue-earner for the economy.

  • Exhibition history


    2004-2005 17 Oct-13 Mar, California, Bowers Museum, 'Queen of Sheba: Legend and Reality'

  • Condition

    Excellent; velcro strip at the top on the reverse for mounting and display

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  • Department

    Middle East

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