Healing Scroll with Angels and Talismanic Designs
Healing Scroll with Angels and Talismanic Designs
Healing Scroll with Angels and Talismanic Designs

Healing Scroll with Angels and Talismanic Designs


Artist
Haleqa Hailu GebreMedhin (Ethiopian, b. 1959)
Date
2001
Medium
Ink and pigment on parchment
Dimensions
Work : 64 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (1.6 m x 8.89 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Neal and Elizabeth Sobania
Object Number
2018.25.30

Label
Healing scrolls often include references to guardian angels in their texts and in their paintings. In Ethiopia angels are revered as protector figures and also as intercessors with the saints and Virgin Mary. Many scrolls also include star-shaped designs featuring images of human eyes and faces. These designs are sometimes referred to as “Solomon’s Seal,” and are believed to function as talismans against bad luck and evil influences.

Object Type
Manuscript
Academic Themes
Text as Art