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ETHIOPIAN MAGIC SCROLL, OR TALISMAN, HAND - Ethiopian Talisman Magic Scroll - 9999. 
Ethiopia: Manuscript, Circa early 20th, late 19th century. The Geâez text in black and red is extensively decorated in traditional Ethiopian style, most prominently with large figures of angels being roughly 3 to 4 inches tall. Approximately 62 inches by 4 inches, made in three segments of vellum stitched together and rolled as is usual with these personal artifacts. Well preserved, the writing and decoration very bright and vivid, only a bit of expected aging to the animal parchment, especially so at the the outermost ends of the roll. A FINELY PRESERVED EXAMPLE. An especially heavily decorated scroll with the images of three angels. One of the more fascinating traditions still surviving today in Ethiopia but abandoned centuries ago in the West is the use of Talismanic art. Talismans, such as this Magic Scroll, are items not considered to be the products of the human artist that made them. They are Holy works, part of the great mystery only reproduced by the human craftsman through revelation. They represent the connections between men and spirits, animals, demons, stars, Saints and sicknesses all translated into pictures and language. They are considered to be able to influence the spirits due to their intrinsic holy nature combined with the dreams and desires of their owners. This scroll is a magnificent example being over 5 feet long and produced in the ancient traditional methods.
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