Saint Aregawi


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
2018.25.6

Label

Some of the saints venerated in Ethiopia belong to the general canon of Christian saints recognized by many denominations around the world; other saints are more specific to Ethiopia. Saint Aregawi was a Syrian monk who came to Ethiopia in the early 6th century CE and founded Debre Damo, an important monastery in Tigray province. Debre Damo is built atop a steep-sided mountain that can only be scaled using ropes. Legend says that Saint Aregawi first climbed the mountain with help from the archangel Michael and a large snake that carried Aregawi up the steep cliffs in its coils.


Object Type
Painting