Towards a Comparative Framework for Research on the Long Cycle in Ethiopic Gospels: Some Preliminary Observations

  • Jacopo Gnisci School of Oriental and African Studies
Keywords: Ethiopian Art, iconography, manuscript illumination, Bible, Solomonic

Abstract

This article argues that it is possible to improve our understanding of Ethiopian manuscript illumination of the early Solomonic period by adopting a systematic comparative approach. It does so by presenting a case study which analyses and compares the iconography of two examples of the long cycle dating to the second half of the fourteenth century. This comparison shows how technical skills and artistic choices contributed to the shaping of Ethiopian manuscript illumination, and in doing so it sheds some light on the artistic practices of early Solomonic illuminators.

Author Biography

Jacopo Gnisci, School of Oriental and African Studies
Jacopo Gnisci is a PhD researcher at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. He holds a MA in theArts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas and a BA in History and Preservation of the Cultural Heritage. Hiscurrent research focuses on the arts, history, and culture of Ethiopia. He edits the journal of the Anglo-EthiopianSociety and has published several papers, as well as given numerous presentations, on the country’s heritage.Jacopo has travelled extensively to Ethiopia and has won several awards for his research.
Published online
2018-03-28
How to Cite
Gnisci, J. (2018). Towards a Comparative Framework for Research on the Long Cycle in Ethiopic Gospels: Some Preliminary Observations. Aethiopica, 20(1), 70–105. https://doi.org/10.15460/aethiopica.20.1.972
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