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WMS Ethiopian 5

18th century
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18th century prayers of magical character


Ethiopia, 18th century

Physical description

Vellum; Material: perg; Scroll composed of two strips The scroll would have been designed to be equal in length to the height of the person the scroll was composed for, in order that the entirety of the person was protected against demons and the return of evil spirits (Mercier); roll dimensions: diameter 70 mm, length 1580 mm

Acquisition note

(1921-04-19): Purchased at auction by the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum at Stevens, 19 April 1921, lot 21. Accessioned in November 1939, accession number 91572

Language note


Hand note

Clear handwriting.

Ownership note

(not after 1921): The name of the original owner is erased and replaced by

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