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Part of Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas
Date: ca. 1500Accession Number: 1999.103
Date: late 14th–early 15th centuryAccession Number: 1998.66
Date: 14th–15th centuryAccession Number: 1998.37
Date: early 18th centuryAccession Number: 1997.81.1
Date: 15th centuryAccession Number: 2008.22
Date: late 17th centuryAccession Number: 2006.98
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This gallery presents an array of forms of expression that developed following the adoption of Christianity as a state religion by the emperor of Aksum, Ezana, in the fourth century.
In Ethiopia, monasteries were historically important centers of learning, where devotional art such as illuminated manuscripts, icons, and processional crosses were created by monks for their patrons: abbots, nobles, and emperors. The examples on view include cast-brass and wood-inlaid processional crosses from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, an illuminated Gospel from the same period, and an eighteenth-century painted icon.
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