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ETHIOPIAN MAGIC SCROLL, OR TALISMAN, HAND WRITTEN, DECORATED AND ILLUSTRATED in Black and Purple on handmade Parchment, most likely goatskin, in the classical Ethiopian language of Ge ez

Ethiopian Talisman Magic Scroll

Published by Ethiopia Manuscript Circa early 20th century
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The Ge ez text in black and red is extensively decorated in traditional Ethiopian style, most prominently with a number of very large human figures being roughly 6 - 8 inches tall. Additional decoration abounds. Approximately 53 inches by 4.5 inches, made in three roughly equal segments of parchment stitched together with rawhide leather cording, rolled. Extremely well preserved, the writing and decoration very bright and vivid, only a bit of expected aging to the animal parchment at the outermost end of the roll. An especially heavily decorated scroll. One of the more fascinating traditions still surviving today in Ethiopia but abandoned centuries ago in the West is the use of Talismanic art. Talismans, such as this Magic Scroll, are items not considered to be the products of the human artist that made them. They are Holy works, part of the great mystery only reproduced by the human craftsman through revelation. They represent the connections between men and spirits, animals, demons, stars, Saints and sicknesses all translated into pictures and language. They are considered to be able to influence the spirits due to their intrinsic holy nature combined with the dreams and desires of their owners. This scroll is a magnificent example being well over 4 feet long and produced in the ancient traditional methods. Bookseller Inventory # 23496

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Publisher: Ethiopia Manuscript Circa early 20th century

Binding: Hardcover

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