Contents and Arrangement

Willsie Ethiopic Magic Scroll No.329, Early/mid 20th century

1 box

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents


Small top panel. A haloed male half-figure, perhaps meant to represent God the Father.

Left-hand col.

[top] three haloed, beardless half figures looking towards the center column.

[center] the Annunciation.

[bottom] three haloed, beardless half figures looking towards the center column.

Center col.

[top] Virgin and Child.

[bottom] the Crucifixion, with the figures of Mary and John.

Right-hand col.

[top] three haloed, beardless half figures looking towards the center column.

[center] the Resurrection.

[bottom] three haloed, beardless half figures looking towards the center column.

Text: Difficult to read, but most clearly begin with the usual doxology and include the names of Mary, Michael and Gabriel.


Arranged by item number.

Collection History


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

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Willsie Ethiopic Magic Scroll No.329; Bruce C. Willsie Collection of Ethiopic Magic Scrolls, C0943, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Princeton University Library has two other collections of Ethiopic magic scrolls: Robert Garrett Collection of Ethiopic Magic Scrolls (C0944.04), which is part of the larger Robert Garrett Collection, and Princeton Collection of Ethiopic Magic Scrolls (C1296).


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.