Ethiopian Liturgical Manuscript
An ethiopian manuscript on vellum with many richly colored and detailed paintings (mostly half-page) in a fine Second Gondarene style. The subject matter is various liturgies and prayers. The text comprises a selection of liturgical texts to be chanted by priests and their congregations, as well as hymns to various saints.
As with most Ethiopian manuscripts, there is no colophon giving a date or place or origin, and the original owner’s name has been erased and replaced with that of one Bes’a’a Giyoris. An endnote says that the manuscript was sent by a Zarubabel, whose title of Abeto indicates that he was a memeber of the hereditary nobility, to ” my friend Sahla Sellase.”