Nov 18, 2022

Diptych with Twelve Apostles & St. Paul

Diptych with Twelve Apostles & St. Paul

c. 1700

Workshop or Circle of Wälda Maryam

(Ethiopia, active 1700s)

Tempera, wood, textile

39 x 51 cm (15 3/8 x 20 1/16 in.)

Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2023.4


Did you know?

Captions written in the language Gəˁəz identify each holy man by name. This African language is nearly 2,500 years old!


Depicting thirteen holy men, this diptych is sized for an Ethiopian Orthodox Christian church or elite home. The painter has set this scene of holy men in the context of his present-day Ethiopian surrounds him. Each saint wears fashionable clothing imported from India. While each is posed and dressed similarly to emphasize their group identity, the artist portrayed their faces and hairstyles individually.

See also
African Art
African Art
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