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  • Folding Processional Icon in the Shape of a Fan · The Walters Art Museum · Works of Art
    of costumes and hand gestures creates an animated composition Only the principal nine figures have distinguishing inscriptions Reading from left to right they are Juliet Cyriacus George John the Baptist Michael Mary Raphael Paul and Afnin The unidentified figures are undoubtedly a combination of Old Testament patriarchs and prophets as well as New Testament apostles and saints The painting style exhibits close parallels with the illuminations of the Gospel book from Gunda Gunde W 850 suggesting that this object was also produced by a Stephanite monastery Although this object adopts the form of a fan it is perhaps best understood as a processional icon The wooden panels at either end of the Däbrä Seyon fan indicate that when not in use the object was stored much like a book with its folding leaves protected between paired covers Yet when unfolded the two covers came together to create a handle for a giant wheel that could be displayed during liturgical processions and church services Although lacking its original wooden covers the Walters fan would have formed a circle roughly four feet in diameter when unfolded The Virgin Mary whose hands are raised in a gesture of prayer is then at the top of the wheel By depicting Mary in the company of saints and angels the icon powerfully evokes the celestial community of the church Exhibitions Ethiopian Art at The Walters The Walters Art Gallery Baltimore 1996 Angels of Light Ethiopian Art from the Walters Art Museum Birmingham Museum of Art Birmingham Smith College Museum of Art Northampton Museum of Biblical Art New York 2006 2007 Provenance Knopfelmacher Collection New York date and mode of acquisition unknown William Wright Gallery New York date and mode of acquisition unknown Walters Art Museum 1996 by purchase Credit Museum purchase with funds provided by

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  • Gondar Homiliary · The Walters Art Museum · Works of Art
    was paralyzed Below How the Heathen was baptized when he saw the power of St Michael and how he served with the Christian inside the church of St Michael Title late 17th century early Gondarine Period W 835 111R Accession The Archangel admonishing the man who swore in him when lying Title late 17th century early Gondarine Period W 835 110V Accession Above How the sick woman slept under a picture of St Michael and he appeared to her Below How her household gave her a painting of St Michael and how she embraced it and offered gold to the church of St Michael Title late 17th century early Gondarine Period W 835 108R Accession The Archangel healing a sick woman Title late 17th century early Gondarine Period W 835 107V Accession The Archangel healing a sick man Title late 17th century early Gondarine Period W 835 105V Accession Leaf from Early Gondarine Illuminated Manuscript with the Archangels Michael and Gabriel Title late 17th century early Gondarine Period W 835 103R Accession The Archangel helping a needy man celebrate his feast day Title late 17th century early Gondarine Period W 835 101R Accession The Archangel helping seafarers Title late 17th century early Gondarine Period W 835 99R Accession The Archangel interceding on behalf of sinners Title late 17th century early Gondarine Period W 835 95V Accession The Archangel helping Emperor Constantine the Great against his enemies Title late 17th century early Gondarine Period W 835 85V Accession Binding from Gondar Homiliary Title late 17th century early Gondarine Period W 835 binding Accession How Susanna prayed and St Michael appeared to save her Title late 17th century early Gondarine Period W 835 85R Accession The Archangel helping Susanna preserve her purity Title late 17th century early Gondarine Period W 835 84V Accession The Archangel helping Hezekiah of Judah defeat Sennacherib of Assyria Title late 17th century early Gondarine Period W 835 80R Accession Above How St Michael came on horseback to change the bad content of the sealed letter to good and how the wife of the nobleman received the letter Middle How the wealthy man heard that they married Ba ran to his daughter Below How the wealthy man fell from his horse when what he planned did not happen and how he and his wife died of shock Title late 17th century early Gondarine Period W 835 79V Accession Above How he put Bahran in a body of water and how a shepherd found the child and brought him from the body of water Below How the shepherd delivered the child and the nobleman gave a sealed letter to Bahran Title late 17th century early Gondarine Period W 835 79R Accession The story of the child Bahran Title late 17th century early Gondarine Period W 835 78V Accession Astaraniqos and his wife Euphemia feeding the poor on the feast day of the Archangel Title late 17th century early Gondarine Period W 835 72R Accession Empress Eudoxia judging John Chrysostom

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  • Gondarine sensul · The Walters Art Museum · Works of Art
    the manuscript Narrative illuminations which tell the story of the Virgin Mary allow for private meditation The book can also function as something of an icon for when it is opened to the middle and stood on end the facing figures of St George and the Virgin and Child form a small diptych resembling other icons of this era Exhibitions Ethiopian Art at The Walters The Walters Art Gallery Baltimore 1996 Angels of Light Ethiopian Art from the Walters Art Museum Birmingham Museum of Art Birmingham Smith College Museum of Art Northampton Museum of Biblical Art New York 2006 2007 Shrunken Treasures Miniaturization in Books and Art The Walters Art Museum Baltimore 2009 Provenance Robert and Nancy Nooter Collection Washington D C before 1996 and mode of acquisition unknown Nooter 20 4 Walters Art Museum 1996 by purchase Credit Museum purchase with funds provided by the W Alton Jones Foundation Acquisition Fund 1996 Download PDF Add to Collection Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Creative Commons License Add to Collection Connect with Facebook to start your own collections Creator Ethiopian Artist Period late 17th century Gondarine Medium ink and pigments on medium weight parchment reinforced with a heavier parchment backing covered with upper and lower boards made of heavy undecorated hide stitched to ends of parchment strip Painting Drawing Accession Number 36 10 Measurements H 3 x W unfolded 23 in 7 62 x 58 42 cm H each panel 3 5 8 x W 3 1 8 in 9 2 x 9 cm Geographies Gondar Ethiopia Place of Origin Ethiopia Kid Friendly Location Within Museum Not On View Tags Add A New Tag Related Objects Binding from Gondarine sensul Upper board inside Joachim and Anna presenting Mary to the temple Lower board inside Mary enthroned Title late 17th century

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  • Hand Cross · The Walters Art Museum · Works of Art
    their creators often imitated styles that had been developed at great religious centers such as Lalibala Although their reliance on pre existing models makes hand crosses difficult to date these objects were an important means of transmitting local styles particularly as they were designed to be portable Because crosses were regularly used in the daily lives of Ethiopian priests they were exposed to a greater degree of wear and they often reveal evident signs of their use The scratches that mark the surface of this cross testify to its service in the hands of its owner This cross s modeled arms eloquently display the simplicity of the designs that characterize these objects while the fluting along the shaft adds an element of refinement Exhibitions African Zion The Sacred Art of Ethiopia The Walters Art Gallery Baltimore 1993 1994 Angels of Light Ethiopian Art from the Walters Art Museum Birmingham Museum of Art Birmingham Smith College Museum of Art Northampton Museum of Biblical Art New York 2006 2007 Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe The Walters Art Museum Baltimore Princeton University Art Museum Princeton 2012 2013 Provenance Knopfelmacher Collection New York William Wright Gallery New York Nooter Collection 1990 Walters

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  • Hand Cross · The Walters Art Museum · Works of Art
    benediction crosses are carried by Ethiopian priests and offered to the faithful to be kissed during church services Made out of metal or wood the crosses are also used by priests to bless holy water and to perform exorcisms Beginning in the 16th century hand crosses also appear as signs of victory in icons and manuscripts where they are held by saints archangels and even the resurrected Christ This object has a conventional design but the cross in the center appears in silhouette As a result during benedictions this opening could be used to project a cruciform shadow onto the object or person receiving the blessing The rectangular base may be interpreted as a reference to the tabot or carved altar box venerated by Ethiopian Christians Exhibitions Angels of Light Ethiopian Art from the Walters Art Museum Birmingham Museum of Art Birmingham Smith College Museum of Art Northampton Museum of Biblical Art New York 2006 2007 Provenance Anonymous dealer Addis Ababa Ethiopia Richard Hubbard Howland 1963 by purchase Walters Art Museum 1998 by gift Credit Gift of Richard Hubbard Howland 1998 Download Image Add to Collection Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Creative Commons License Add to Collection Connect with

    Original URL path: http://art.thewalters.org/detail/27214/hand-cross-3/ (2016-02-18)
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  • Hand Cross · The Walters Art Museum · Works of Art
    Description Exhibitions Provenance Credit Description Ethiopian metal hand crosses are typically constructed from silver brass or iron that has been hammered into shape rather than cast using the lost wax method These objects draw their formal inspiration from processional crosses and their creators often imitated styles that had been developed at great religious centers such as Lalibala The formal relationship of the pierced hand cross to lattice work processional crosses is evident in the drilled holes of its body an attempt to imitate the form of larger objects Although their reliance on pre existing models makes hand crosses difficult to date these objects were an important means of transmitting local styles particularly as they were designed to be portable Exhibitions Angels of Light Ethiopian Art from the Walters Art Museum Birmingham Museum of Art Birmingham Smith College Museum of Art Northampton Museum of Biblical Art New York 2006 2007 Provenance Knopfelmacher Collection New York William Wright Gallery New York Nooter Collection 1990 Walters Art Museum 1997 by gift Credit Gift of Nancy and Robert Nooter 1997 Download Image Add to Collection Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Creative Commons License Add to Collection Connect with Facebook to start your own

    Original URL path: http://art.thewalters.org/detail/35126/hand-cross-4/ (2016-02-18)
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  • Hand Cross with Figure · The Walters Art Museum · Works of Art
    part of the shaft the torso and legs of the figure double as the handle of the cross The material used in creating this type of cross which was often carved by the priest who used it evoked the wood of the cross upon which Christ was crucified The elaborate interlace of the cross the figure holds must have presented a considerable challenge to the carver as it had to be created without compromising the structural integrity of the whole piece Created by drilling holes through the wood and carving linear elements into its surface this design transformed the overall shape of the cross into a delicate web The rectangular base may be interpreted as a reference to the tabot or carved altar box venerated by Ethiopian Christians Exhibitions Realms of Faith Medieval and Byzantine Art from the Walters Art Museum Frist Center for the Visual Arts Nashville 2001 2002 Angels of Light Ethiopian Art from the Walters Art Museum Birmingham Museum of Art Birmingham Smith College Museum of Art Northampton Museum of Biblical Art New York 2006 2007 Provenance Knopfelmacher Collection New York William Wright Gallery New York 1991 Nancy and Robert Nooter Collection date and mode of acquisition

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  • Icon of the Virgin and Child with Angels · The Walters Art Museum · Works of Art
    19 2005 Examination examined for loan Exhibitions Angels of Light Ethiopian Art from the Walters Art Museum Birmingham Museum of Art Birmingham Smith College Museum of Art Northampton Museum of Biblical Art New York 2006 2007 Provenance Sam Fogg London England date and mode of acquisition unknown Walters Art Museum 2002 by purchase Credit Museum purchase with funds provided by an anonymous donor 2002 Download Image Add to Collection Share

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