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Label Text
This large icon, meant to be seen by many people, was carried in church processions on holy days. The subject of Christ crowned with thorns and flanked by tormentors was modeled after Ethiopia's famous imperial icon that was carried into battle by the emperor's army.
Description
Diptych with a half figure of Christ crowned with thorns, flanked by two small men in Turkish costume striking his head, Descent from the Cross with Mary twice, Joseph of Arimithea, Nicodemus, Salome and Elizabeth. The diptych icon has iron hinges, a hand hammered clasp and a leather bound back.
Provenance
Joseph and Patricia Brumit, Sun City West, 1968 to 2004
Exhibition History
BIG/small, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., January 17-July 23, 2006
Credit Line
Gift of Joseph and Patricia Brumit
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National Museum of African Art Collection
After 1700
Object number
2004-7-3
Ethiopian Orthodox
Topic
Writing
cross
ladder
male
female
Geography
Ethiopia
Medium
Wood, paint, leather, iron
Dimensions
H x W x D: 67 x 81 x 3.4 cm (26 3/8 x 31 7/8 x 1 5/16 in.)
National Museum of African Art
Type
Painting