An Introduction to Ethiopian Manuscripts and their Methods of Manufacture

April 12, 2023, 12:30–1 p.m.
a scribe, drawn in bright colors, shown with tools of the trade

Location: Virtual
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From new acquisitions to upcoming exhibitions, supporters are invited to a monthly virtual series featuring curators, conservators, and other staff members to get a behind-the-scenes look at their work at the museum.

Although early contact with foreign cultures and their book-making traditions influenced the choice of materials used in Ethiopia, scribes and illuminators in the country developed their own unique methods for manuscript production that are still employed today. These include the parchment support made primarily from goatskin, the inks and pigments used for writing and illumination and sourced from locally available materials, and the leather bindings and satchels that both protected and housed the manuscripts. Join Abigail Quandt, Senior Conservator and Head of Book and Paper Conservation, for this presentation on the different formats of Ethiopian manuscripts and the materials and techniques that were used to produce them from the thirteenth through the early twentieth centuries.



April 12, 2023


12:30–1 p.m.



Supporter Price



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