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View across a valley of the cathedral of St Mary of Zion, Aksum, among trees in the foreground and a high plateau in the distance; sheet from a sketchbook recording the scenery and people of Abyssinia. 1853
Pen and black ink.
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Height: 151 millimetres (page dimensions)
Width: 208 millimetres
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- See 1895,0408.6.1 for full details of the sketchbook and 1895,0408.6.1-44 for the drawings in it. We are grateful to Jacopo Gnisci (June 2020) for identifying the location of this drawing as Aksum (or Axum), the former capital of Ethiopian empire. As he noted the cathedral is one of the holiest sites of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church as it is believed to contain the Ark of Covenant.
For a discussion of Zander's life and a catalogue raisonné of his work, see Dorothea McEwan, 'Eduard Zander. Sein Leben und Wirken in Aethiopien./ His Life and Work in Ethiopia 1847-1868', Veröffentlichungen des Stadtarchivs Dessau-Rosslau, Band 23, 2018, p. 50, Kat.Nr.11
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- Associated Event: Magdala Expedition 1867-1868
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