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- Object: Battle of Adwa
Oil painting on cotton cloth depicting the Battle of Adwa, 2 March 1896. Emperor Menelik II of Ethiopia is depicted in the top left corner in royal crown, velvet cape (lemd) and with a royal umbrella. Empress Taitu of Ethiopia is shown in the bottom left corner on a richly caparisoned horse with a royal umbrella, she carries a revolver. The Ethiopian troops are shown full face and all wear striped tunics. The Ethiopian generals are shown in striped tunics and lemd with lion's mane collars and lion's mane headdress. The Italian troops are shown side on and are often reduced to heads and guns. Above the battle is the image of Saint George, the patron saint of Ethiopia, in a halo of green, yellow.
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Height: 112 centimetres
Width: 164 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- This painting illustrates the convention in Ethioipian painting for denoting the forces of good and evil by showing the good full face and the bad in profile.
The Battle of Adwa was fought on 2nd March 1896 between Ethiopian and Italian forces.
- On display (G66/wall)
- Associated events
- Associated Event: Battle of Adwa (2nd March 1896)
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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