Judith and the Dragon: A Jesuit architectural relief from Gorgora Iyäsus church, 1626–1632

  • Víctor M. Fernández UNIVERSITY COMPLUTENSE OF MADRID
  • Jorge de Torres BRITISH MUSEUM, LONDON
  • Andreu Martinez d'Alòs-Moner
  • Carlos Cañete CSIC, MADRID
  • Alessandro Bausi UNIVERSITY OF HAMBURG
  • Gashaw Belay AMHARA REGIONAL STATE CULTURE AND TOURISM BUREAU, BAHIR DAR

Abstract

In the 2014 excavations at the Jesuit church of Gorgora Iyäsus on the northern shore of Lake Ṭana a remarkable relief in stone was unearthed. The relief was originally part of the church’s façade. It represents the biblical heroine Judith over a dragon and it contains two inscriptions in Gǝʿǝz from the Book of Judith and Genesis. This piece represents one of the few recorded inscriptions on stone from the end of the Aksumite period to the present time. The article focuses on the historical context that witnessed the production of this relief and provides an interpretation of its iconography.

Published online
2016-07-07
How to Cite
FERNÁNDEZ, Víctor M. et al. Judith and the Dragon: A Jesuit architectural relief from Gorgora Iyäsus church, 1626–1632. Aethiopica, [S.l.], v. 18, p. 173-182, july 2016. ISSN 2194-4024. Available at: <https://journals.sub.uni-hamburg.de/aethiopica/article/view/769>. Date accessed: 21 may 2018. doi: https://doi.org/10.15460/aethiopica.18.1.769.
Section
Miscellaneous

Keywords

Jesuits; Geez; inscription; Susenyos; architecture; Catholic;