Ethiopian Coptic Triptych-Medieval art from Africa
Ethiopian Coptic Triptych - 18th-19th Century. 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:11.5" W:5.5" D:0.75"
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Aksumite emperor Ezana adopted the Christian faith in the 4th century, making the Coptic Church the oldest on the continent, and one of the oldest in the world.Many styles of crosses were made indicating the region in which they were designed. The large hand crosses were and are used by priests in processionals. A number of pieces in this collection had been on display in the Seattle Art Museum and was originally acquired 6 decades ago. We are particularly proud and pleased to have these amazing works available for you.