Etsubdink Legesse (Ethiopian, b. 1968)
MediumInk and pigment on parchment
DimensionsSheet : 7 7/8 x 10 7/8 in. (20 x 27.62 cm)
Credit LineGift of Neal and Elizabeth Sobania
LabelMeskel is the first major holiday of the Ethiopian religious calendar. Celebrated in late September, it commemorates the finding of the True Cross by Queen Helena, mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine. Large bonfires are burned as part of the Meskel ceremony, which usually also coincides with the end of Ethiopia’s rainy season.