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

Created under King Yohannes (1667–1682) or King Iyyasu I (1682–1706), this manuscript in the First Gonderine style—with bold outlines and a rich palette—includes 32 painted scenes narrating the miracles performed by the Virgin Mary, a series intended to guide weekly devotion. These codified “Miracles of Mary” originated in France in the 12th century and became one of the most popular themes for religious books after the intensification of Marian worship in the mid-15th century.

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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