Original illuminations in the Second Gondar style

Marian legends. Illuminated manuscript in Ge'ez on vellum.

Ethiopia, late 18th century.

180 x 170 mm. Two columns, 18 lines. 132 leaves. With 13 (8 full-page) miniatures. Contemporary brown calf over wooden boards. Panelled and elaborately stamped in blind.


"Ethiopian illuminated manuscripts of the present quality today have virtually disappeared from the market" (Hartung & Hartung, original sales note). Occasional marginalia by a later hand. The illuminations are marked by short strings sewn into the blank margins of the relevant pages.

Provenance: Hartung & Hartung 79 (2 May 1995), lot 127; sold to an Austrian private collection and acquired from the descendants.

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