Early 19th Century Ethiopian Coptic Altar Tabot
Ethiopian Coptic Christian Tabot - early 19th century. Carved from one piece of wood. Central columns painted along entire length. Eight facing panels painted on inside and carved on reverse. The origins of the Ethiopian Coptic Church, which are Semetic and Christian, date as far back as the 4th century A.D.
ICONS: Holy images painted on wood in diptych and triptych form were meant for personal devotion. The outer surfaces were decorated with abstract relief carvings.
H:21" W:4.5" D:4.5"
Had been on display in the Seattle Art Museum and was originally acquired 6 decades ago.
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