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This image of King David playing a harp would have been bound in a Bible with the Psalms. In general, this museum does not acquire individual manuscript pages so as not to encourage the dismemberment of books, but this old fragment is an exception. Scribes in an Ethiopian monastery obviously used the back as a practice sheet for calligraphy.
Painting on vellum of a man playing an Ethiopian box lute, in a 3/4 pose, wearing a red robe. The headtie and cloak are orange with yellow folds. The hair and beard are white with black lines and he is wearing a rod earring.
Joseph and Patricia Brumit, Sun City West, -- to 2004
Exhibition History
African Mosaic: Celebrating a Decade of Collecting, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., November 19, 2010-November 13, 2013
musical instrument
National Museum of African Art
Ethiopian Orthodox
Credit Line
Gift of Joseph and Patricia Brumit
Vellum, pigment
H x W x D: 26 x 19.5 cm (10 1/4 x 7 11/16 in.)
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15th century
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