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    Bible
    Gifts from Heads of Stateca. 1760

    Bible with a leather cover and vellum pages. Bible is written in Ge'ez, the liturgical language of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and the medium of traditional Ethiopian learning and scholarship.

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    Nimcha Sword and Sheath
    Gifts from Heads of State19th century

    Sword with hilt and silver knuckle guard, which is formed by a long turned down quillon. The grip is composed of fluted wood. The sheath is covered with chased silver plating. The steel blade is slightly curved.

  • Digitized Museum Artifact
    Talking Drum
    Gifts from Heads of State20th century

    Leather and wood drum in hourglass shape with a handle attached to the side. The talking drum (also called dondo, adondo, atumpan, or gan gan) is a variable pitch pressure drum. The drum heads at either end of the drum's wooden body are made from hide or fish-skin which is wrapped around a wooden hoop. Usually, leather cords or thongs run the lengt...

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    Takouba Sword and Scabbard
    Gifts from Heads of State20th century

    The takouba (takooba, takuba) is a style of sword traditionally associated with the Tuareg. The sword has a broad straight double edged steel blade that tapers distally to the rounded end. The cross guard is covered with embossed brown leather and the hilt end shows a low stacked pyramid tip of three layers, the central layer being copper, the othe...

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    Sword and Scabbard
    Gifts from Heads of State20th century

    Double edged steel blade with forked hilt. The blade tapers to a point. The leather scabbard has a decorated circular arm band attached toward the top.

  • Digitized Museum Artifact
    Mosaic of a Village Scene
    Gifts from Heads of StateMid 20th century

    Mosaic of a village scene made of wood and ivory inlay over a rectangular piece of wood. The mosaic depicts a typical village scene of a woman walking down a road towards 3 huts carrying a basket on her head, a man canoeing on a lake at the right with a palm tree and boat in foreground.

  • Digitized Museum Artifact
    Sculpture of a Panther
    Gifts from Heads of Statemid 20th century

    Leopard-like animal carved in solid, polished ebony, with inlaid ivory eyes and teeth. Panther is in a striding position crouched low to the ground as if he is prowling. Statue stands on a rectangular base.

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    Sculpture of a Royal Barge
    Gifts from Heads of Stateca. 1960

    Sculpture of a wooden boat with 12 brass figures. Cast brass musicians surround a central figure sheltered by an umbrella. The figures at bow and stern of boat hold paddles.

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    Filigree Bowl
    Gifts from Heads of Stateca. 1960

    Footed bowl decorated with eighteen pierced and filigreed lobes of silver. Applied to the rim are gold filigree flowers and a gold crest of His Imperial Majesty.

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    Lion of Judah Statuette
    Gifts from Heads of Stateca. 1960

    Silver statue of a striding lion wearing a gold crown. The lion is mounted on a silver base. The surface of the statue has casing lines in block pattern to give the illusion that the statue is made of stone. The Lion's haunches are raised from the surface of the body to suggest muscles. The mane of lion is comprised of shingled spikes of silver. Th...

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