Bound Manuscript: The Miracles of Mary (Te'amire Maryam)

A work made of parchment, ink, tempera, wood, leather, cotton, and string.
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  • A work made of parchment, ink, tempera, wood, leather, cotton, and string.

Date:

Late 17th century

Artist:

Gondar, Ethiopia
Eastern and Southern Africa

About this artwork

The pages shown here display the Story of the Clubfooted Man is one of 72 hand-painted illustrations from a lavish 158-page bound manuscript devoted to the miracles of Mary. It was created in the late 17th century in Gonder, the newly established capital of Christian Ethiopia's Solomonic kings. The manuscript is part of a closely related group of manuscripts that were created during a period of great artistic innovation in Christian Ethiopia, when manuscript illuminators were exploring new approaches to their art including the introduction of narrative illustrations. It is likely that this book was commissioned by a wealthy individual as a high-status guide for family devotion.

To page through the full manuscript online, follow the link to the "Turning the Pages" Interpretive Resource—an interactive site made possible by the innovative software developed for the British Library and through the generous support of the Community Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago.

On View

Arts of Africa, Gallery 137

Title

Bound Manuscript: The Miracles of Mary (Te'amire Maryam)

Origin

Ethiopia

Date

1667–1706

Medium

Parchment, ink, tempera, wood, leather, cotton, and string

Dimensions

36.8 × 31.8 × 9.5 cm (14 1/2 × 12 1/2 × 3 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Ada Turnbull Hertle and Marian and Samuel Klasstorner endowments

Reference Number

2002.4

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