Garrett Ethiopic Magic Scroll No. 44

Manuscript, Book
[Ethiopia], [between 1770 and 1830]
1 item ; 2460 x 120mm


Summary note
  • Drawings:
  • Large grid of 9 squares with a central face and eye-motifs in the 4 corner squares, the remaining squares with transverse cross designs; the whole set between two checkerboard bands. (In ink with black, red, pale yellow and olive green color.)
  • Guardian angel with drawn sword and 2 seraphim; the whole set between bands decorated with highly stylized face motifs. (In ink with black, red, pale yellow and pale green color.)
  • Eight-pointed star design with central face and eye-motifs at the ends of each arm. (In ink with black, red, pale yellow and pale green color.)
  • World serpent ("ourobouros") design of two serpents in a circle each biting the other's tail, framed within a square decorated above and below with a chevron pattern. (In ink with black, red, pale yellow and pale green color.)
  • A fish (In ink and without color.)
  • 3 pieces of parchment sewn together. 1 col., written in black with rubrics in a reasonable hand (4-5mm), framed within a linear border with traces of yellow wash. 4 well executed talismanic drawings.
  • Forms part of: Robert Garrett Collection of Ethiopic Magic Scrolls.
  • 1. Prayer and Legend of Susenyos
  • 2. Prayer against Evil Spirits Untitled. Comprises mostly magic or secret names (asmat).
  • 3. Prayer against Buda, Barya and Légéwon Untitled.
  • 4. Prayer against Shotälay and Shotälayt
  • 5. Prayer against Nädära "Which Is the Sickness of the Evil Eye of Evil Demons"
  • 6. Prayer against the Evil Eye of Barya
  • 7. Prayer against Colic
  • 8. Prayer against Blacksmiths
  • 9. Prayer against Rheumatism and (Chest) Pain
  • 10. Prayer against Plague (Or typhoid: Féra) and Fever
Owner: Asʻädä Maryam (f.), occasionally with her father's name added, Haylä Maryam.
Robert Garrett Collection of Ethiopic Magic Scrolls box 2
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