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Painting on woven nylon material depicting the king Sahle Sellase of Shewa mounted on a white horse between two troops of Ethiopian warriors. The painting has a red border with white patterning. The figures are shown in a rural setting with a background of eight hills. The Ethiopian troops to the left and right all wear red or green striped tunics, white trousers and carry velvet covered shields and long spears.The central figure of the King Sahle Sellase wears a headdress of lion's mane and silk with silver ornaments, a velvet cloak with a lion's mane collar (lemd), a silk tunic and white riding trousers. He carries two spears and has a sword at his hip. His richly caparisoned horse has headgear, breastband and crupper of red leather and silver ornaments, a green silk saddle cloth and an Ethiopian toe stirrup.
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Height: 46 centimetres
Width: 65 centimetres
Depth: 0.10 centimetres
- Curator's comments
According to the Eth.Doc., the painting is said to depict the Battle of Adouna (Adwa ?).
The King's lion's mane headdress, lemd and the ornate trappings of his horse are indicative of his high status. The King and his horse are modelled on the traditional form of an Ethiopian equestrian saint.
- Not on display
- Some signs of damage through mould.
- Associated events
- Associated Event: Battle of Adwa (?)
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- Acquisition notes
- Acquired by the donor's husband, Sir Alan Campbell, while ambassador to Ethiopia between 1969 and 1972.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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