Mar 10, 2011 - Sale 2239

Sale 2239 - Lot 129

Price Realized: $ 1,920
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500
WITH A SELF-PORTRAIT OF THE SCRIBE (AFRICA.) ETHIOPIA Hand-written Ethiopic Religious Text in "Ge'ez." Elaborately decorated title-page, self-portrait of the scribe, full-page painting of the holy mother and child with angels; two elaborately decorated chapter headings; head and tail-pieces. Written on 126 unnumbered leaves on parchment; sewn gatherings, bound into plain wooden boards; lovely patina Ethiopia, circa 19th century

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A highly unusual example of Ethiopic liturgical writing in which the scribe has painted an image of himself, with pen in hand, seated in a typical Ethiopian chair, writing in what is presumably this book.