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Evidence for the History of Early Solomonic Ethiopia from Tämben: Part II: Yoḥanni Däbrä ʿAśa

Gnisci, Jacopo; Villa, Massimo; (2022) Evidence for the History of Early Solomonic Ethiopia from Tämben: Part II: Yoḥanni Däbrä ʿAśa. Rassegna di Studi Etiopici , 6 (53) pp. 97-119. Green open access

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Abstract

This contribution continues the series of articles dedicated to the traditions and decorations of some monastic sites located in Qwälla Tämben (Central Zone of Tǝgray, Ethiopia) by focusing on the monastery and church of Abba Yoḥanni Däbrä ʿAśa. The paper presents data collected during two fieldwork visits in 2018 and 2019. It describes the early and later history of the monastery by considering written and material evidence, as well as local oral traditions. In particular, an analysis of the manuscript tradition of the Life of abba Yoḥanni – who is deeply associated with the site despite being neither its founder nor its abbot – provides new evidence about the relationship between holy men and monasteries; while a study of the wall paintings and architectural features of the church sheds light on the significance and history of visual culture in early Solomonic Ethiopia.

Type: Article
Title: Evidence for the History of Early Solomonic Ethiopia from Tämben: Part II: Yoḥanni Däbrä ʿAśa
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.unior.it/ateneo/7072/1/rassegna-di-stu...
Language: English
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Keywords: Qwälla Tämben, Däbrä ʿAśa, Abba Yoḥanni, Early Solomonic period, Ethiopian Art, Ethiopian Architecture, Monasticism
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10147133
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