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Painting on cotton depicting the court of judgement of Emperor Tewodros II of Ethiopia. Emperor Tewodros is shown seated on cushions beneath a red and gold dias. He wears an embroidered velvet cape (Kabba) and holds a long spear. He is flanked by two attendants with flywhisks, and three lions. To the left is seated a white turbaned priest with red velvet umbrella. To the right is a scribe, seated while writing the judgements onto parchment with a reed pen. These high ranking officials of the court are all depicted seated on a rich green carpet. In the centre of the painting is a governor dressed in a red velvet Kabba and a headdress made of lion's mane and silver gilt. He keeps order between the accuser on the left, and the accused on the right. The scenes in the foreground illustrate the punishments meted out to those found guilty by the court, hands and feet cut off, tongue split in two, whipping, stretching and hanging.
- Production date
Height: 90 centimetres
Width: 44 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Register 1947:
Another [like Af1947,28.2], showing the execution of judgement, with the judge, scribe & counsellors sitting at the top, then below, people being scourged, mutilated or hanged.
"Three modern paintings from ABYSSINIA, representing the Emperor Menyelek, a chieftain named Yohannes, & the execution of judgement in the Godjam district'
- Not on display
- Associated events
- Associated Event: Ethiopia court of judgement
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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