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Triptych Icon

A three-part panel featuring a variety of scenes, vertically stacked and richly painted. The central panel features the Virgin Mary and and Child flanked by archangels Gabriel and Michael, twelve disciples below them in grid formation.
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  • A three-part panel featuring a variety of scenes, vertically stacked and richly painted. The central panel features the Virgin Mary and and Child flanked by archangels Gabriel and Michael, twelve disciples below them in grid formation.

Date:

Late 17th century

Artist:

Central Ethiopia
Eastern and Southern Africa

About this artwork

Although Orthodox Christianity has been practiced in the highlands of Ethiopia since the 4th century, this elaborate triptych is rendered in the courtly First Gonderine style, which flourished during the reign of King Iyyasu I (1682–1706) and incorporated bold, richly decorated forms and figures. With its central panel featuring the Virgin Mary and child Jesus flanked by archangels Gabriel and Michael, this icon reflects the popularity of Marian worship within the Ethiopian liturgy.

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Arts of Africa, Gallery 137

Title

Triptych Icon

Origin

Ethiopia

Date

Made 1682–1706

Medium

Tempera on linen, mounted on wood and bound with cord

Dimensions

67 × 74 cm (26 3/8 × 29 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Director's Fund

Reference Number

2006.11

Extended information about this artwork

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