SOAS University of London


Art and Architecture of 17th-Century Ethiopia
19 July - 17 September 2004


The Indigenous and the Foreign in Christian Ethiopian Art

On Portuguese-Ethiopian Contacts in the 16th–17th Centuries
Edited by Manuel João Ramos with Isabel Boavida

In the rural plateaux of northern Ethiopia, one can still find scattered ruins of monumental buildings alien to the country's ancient architectural tradition. This little-known and rarely studied architectural heritage is a silent witness to a fascinating, if equivocal, cultural encounter that took place in the 16th–17th centuries between Catholic Europeans and Orthodox Ethiopians.

This exciting new book explores the enduring impact on the religious, political and artistic life of Ethiopia, one not readily acknowledged, not least because the public conversion of the early 17th-century King Susenyos to Catholicism resulted in a bloody civil war shrouded in religious intolerance

Contents: Introduction; Architecture and Urbanism: A engravings in Ethiopian painting in the 17th and 18th tale of four cities: late 16th and early 17th Ethiopian centuries: from the success of the book Evangelicae capitals and their Turkish, Portuguese, and Indian Historiae Imagines by Nadal at King Susniyos' court connections, Richard Pankhurst; Ethiopian and Jesuit (c. 1610–11) to the murals in the Narga Sillase church (c. monumental stone architecture in the Lake Tana basin: a 1738–50), Claire Bosc-Tiessé; Analysis of preliminary assessment, LaVerle Berry; Foreign 17th-century Ethiopian pigments, Anaïs Wion; Ahmad influences and local contribution in Gondarian Graññ and the Portuguese in Ethiopian folk painting, architecture, Fasil Giorghis; Portuguese and Indian Girma Fisseha. Decorative Arts: The Portuguese import of influences on the architecture of the Lake Tana region: luxury textiles to Ethiopia in the 16th and 17th centuries an inquiry into the rôle of Gänätä Iyäsus, Ian Campbell; and their subsequent artistic influence, Michael Gervers; The monastery of Märtula Maryam: questions and Imported textiles in Ethiopian traditions, Martha H. speculations about its architecture and ornamentation, Henze; The cross brought to Goa and Portugal by Libnä Paul B. Henze. Icon and Mural Paintings: Place, space Dingil' s envoy Mathew, Isabel Boavida; A military and representation in 18th-century Gondarine painting, helmet and mail shirt at Däbrä Wärq, Goggam: two Tania C. Tribe; Ethiopian warrior saints in 18th-century historic objects of probable earlier Portuguese miniature and their significance in the cultural history of provenance, Stephen Bell; Bibliography; Index. Ethiopia, Stanislaw Chojnacki; The use of occidental

Publication co-incides with the exhibition, The Indigenous and the Foreign: Art & Architecture of 17TH Century Northern Ethiopia at The Brunei Gallery, SOAS, London, UK from 19 July – 17 September 2004.

Includes 14 colour and 48 b&w illustrations and 6 maps July 2004 230 pages Hardback 0 7546 5037 5 £45.00

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