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Willsie Ethiopic Magic Scroll No.301, Early/mid 20th century
Collection Description & Creator Information
- Scope and Contents
[left] St. George slaying the dragon with the maiden Birutawit looking on from a tree; [right] another equestrian saint slaying a human figure. In the center, an angel holding a drawn sword. (In ink with pale red, blue, green and brown color.)
[center] An eight-pointed star motif with a central face and opposing bird heads in the outer quadrants; [either side] an angel holding a drawn sword. (In ink with pale red, blue, green and brown color.)
[left] An equestrian saint slaying an ox; [right] an equestrian saint slaying a centaur. [center] a face within a square with angel heads in lozenges above and below. (In ink with pale red and blue color.)
Owner: The name of Wälättä Maryam (f.) appears in the text, but it is probable that the scroll was produced for the tourist market.
The same scribe and artist as #300, 302, 303.
Arranged by item number.
Gift of Bruce Willsie in 2013 (AM 2013-44).
No appraisal information is available.
- Processing Information
The Library has recently cataloged or recataloged its Ethiopic manuscript collections with generous support from the David A. Gardner '69 Magic Project, Princeton University, coordinated by the Council of the Humanities. This collection was cataloged by Professor David L. Appleyard, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
Access & Use
- Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research use.
- Conditions Governing Use
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.
- Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
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- Credit this material:
Willsie Ethiopic Magic Scroll No.301; Bruce C. Willsie Collection of Ethiopic Magic Scrolls, C0943, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
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- Storage Note:
- Firestone Library (hsvm): Box 9
Ephraim Isaac, "Princeton Collection of Ethiopic Manuscripts," Princeton University Library Chronicle 42:1 (Autumn 1980), pp. 33-52. Richard Pankhurst, "Secular Themes in Ethiopian Ecclesiastical Manuscripts: V.: A Catalogue of Illustrations of Historical and Ethnographic Interest in Princeton University Library and Art Gallery," Journal of Ethiopian Studies 22 (November 1989), pp. 31-64. Don C. Skemer, "Princeton's Ethiopic Manuscript Collections at 100," Princeton University Library Chronicle 71:3 (Spring 2010), pp. 461-466.