Saint Takla Haymanot


Artist
Berhanemeskel Fisseha (Ethiopian, b. 1947)
Date
1998
Medium
Paint on cloth
Dimensions
Work : 34 1/2 x 19 1/2 in. (87.63 x 49.53 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Neal and Elizabeth Sobania
Object Number
2018.25.5

Label

Takla Haymanot was a 13th-century Ethiopian monk who is said to have stood in prayer on one leg for such a long time that his other leg fell off. Another legend says that when a rope snapped while Takla Haymanot was climbing down from Debre Damo, God saved him by giving him wings so that he could fly safely to the ground. Both stories are referenced in this painting, which portrays the saint with wings and only one foot. 


Object Type
Painting