- Museum number
Rectangular hinged diptych made of wood and covered with cotton with two metal clasps. Painted on exterior front surface with processional cross on green background with red border. Framed by interlace pattern in yellow with red detail. Exterior back surface painted with red, green, blue and yellow interlace pattern forming large cross with two rectangles in blue and opposing two in green with red borders. Interior of diptych is painted with religious scenes.
Left panel (clockwise from left to right) has scenes of i) Saint Michael, the chief of angels banishing the devil, ii) Coronation of [Michael]/ [Mary]? by the Holy Trinity, iii) Abuna Takla Haymanot, iv) Saint George on a white horse spearing the dragon, saving the maiden Birutawit who is in the tree.
Right panel (clockwise from left to right) has scenes of i) Crucifixion of Christ with Mary and John, ii) Virgin Mary and her beloved child, iii) Images of the donor Lij Tasaw Wube and his wife Wayzaro Walata Haywit and a female attendant, iv) The crown of thorns.
- Production date
Height: 76 centimetres
Width: 53 centimetres (closed)
Width: 107 centimetres (open)
Depth: 5 centimetres (closed)
Depth: 2.80 centimetres (open)
- Curator's comments
- Eth.Doc.156. Transferred from the Department of Medieval and Later Antiquities on 19 July 1990. Diptych was previously registered in M&LA as 1953,7-3.1. The original M&LA register information records that the diptych was 'given to Sir Duncan by the people of Eritrea for his services as Chief Administrator 1951/2'.
Letter dated 15.06.53 from Sir Duncan records that diptych came from the Coptic church at Zazzega, town seven miles west of Asmara. Diptych thought to have been 'painted in the time of Ras Haile, a potentate of Zazzega who,... died in battle in about 1840'.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2017-2018 2 Nov-8 Apr, BM Gallery 35, Living with gods
- Fair; paint and cloth slightly abraded, especially around edges.
- Associated events
- Associated Event: Crucifixion
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 1953,7-3.1 (Medieval and Later Dept. register no.)