Ethiopian prayer scroll

Record ID: 
263253
Accession number: 
MS M.1137
Title: 
Ethiopian prayer scroll
Created: 
Ethiopia, 19th century.
Credit: 
Bequest of Leonard Hansen in honor of William M. Voelkle, 2004.
Description: 
1 scroll (3 sections sewn together, 1 col., 197 lines), unbound : vellum, ill. ; 2140 x 130 mm
Provenance: 
Copied for Walatta Śellāsē; Leonard J. Hansen (d. 20 September 2003); bequest of Leonard Hansen in honor of William M. Voelkle, 2004.
Notes: 

Ms. containing magical religious prayers; written and illuminated in Ethiopia, 19th century.
Decoration: 4 miniatures (1. at the beginning, 260 x 130 mm; 2. after line 68, beginning of 2nd section, 210 x 130 mm; 3. after line 149, beginning of 3rd section, 190 x 130 mm; 4. at the end, 160 x 130 mm) Eight-pointed star on a 3x3 chessboard pattern with the face of an angel, or a demon, in the center (1. with an eye in each angle; 3. with harpoon shape in each angle).
Texts: 1) (lines 1-41) Prayers for casting out evil spirits. 2) (lines 42-112) Prayers of Suseneyos against the evil spririt Werzeleyā (Ursula) who causes infant mortality. 3) (lines 113-198) Prayers to bind the evil spirit Šotalāy and others.

Script: 
Ethiopic
Language: 
Ge'ez
Century: 
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