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  • Museum number


  • Description

    Painting on parchment depicting a religious procession of priests of the Ethiopian Church against a yellow background. The priest on the left carries a hand cross and censor. The priest (second left) carries on his head a Tabot which is veiled from view by a canopy of red velvet embroidered with cross motifs. Two other priests wear white shawls with red borders (shamma), one carries a processional cross and a hand cross while the other carries an umbrella. At the head of the procession is a white turbaned priest riding a brown horse. The horse has red leather headgear, crupper, saddle cloth and Ethiopian toe stirrup. The figure mounted on a white horse above the procession is Saint George. He wears a blue cloak (lemd) and a white shamma and carries a spear and gun. The horse has a red saddle cloth and Ethiopian toe stirrup and has a breaststrap, crupper and headgear decorated with silver ornaments which are indicative of the riders' high status. At the top of the painting, in a blue cloud, is a representation of the Holy Spirit.


  • Date

    • 19thC
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 79 centimetres
    • Width: 65 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Recorded in BM Temporary Register (1861-1921), p.140.

  • Location

    On display: G66/west

  • Condition

    Very good, small hole in left corner.

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated events

    • Associated Event: Religious procession
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number


Painting, scroll made of parchment, pigment.

Painting, scroll made of parchment, pigment.

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