Healing Scroll with Angels and Talismanic Designs
Haleqa Hailu GebreMedhin (Ethiopian, b. 1959)
MediumInk and pigment on parchment
DimensionsWork : 64 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (1.6 m x 8.89 cm)
Credit LineGift of Neal and Elizabeth Sobania
LabelHealing 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.