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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Al J. Venter is a specialist military writer who has had over fifty books published and has produced more than a hundred documentary films. With all his travels, experiences and adventures, he is an interesting fellow. I met Al back in Africa through his nephew when I was a teenager.
He worked for decades as a journalist and foreign correspondent writing for such prestigious organizations as NBC, BBC, London Daily Express and the Sunday Express.