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PSU student Karena Bennett presents her research on the creation and meaning of an Ethiopian magic scroll from the 19th century. Scrolls such as this were created for individuals, inscribed with specific prayers and then worn as talismans. The text is in Ge’ez, an Ethiopian liturgical language, and the images depict guardian angels and a priest watching over the supplicant. The scroll is made of vellum and was originally a single continuous piece.
Dimensions: 15 x 192 cm
Portland State University Library, Special Collections, Mss 39
Tigray Region (Ethiopia) -- History, Ethiopic manuscripts
African History | History of Religion
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Bennett, Karena, "Ethiopian Scroll" (2012). Gift of the Word. 2.