Item RNT-ob-0002 - Ethiopian Kitabe Leather Amulet

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Ethiopian Kitabe Leather Amulet

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Coll. 12-RNT-ob-0002

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  • 1801 - 1960 (Creation)

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Height: 4.8 cm
Width: 4.4 cm
Depth: 1 cm

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Robert N. Thompson acquired the amulet during his time in Ethiopia from the 1940s into the 1950s. In 1983, Thompson donated textual material to TWU Archives and over the course of the next decade additional materials including the Ethiopian codices were transferred to the care of the Archives.

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Object is one rectangular leather amulet case with wooden block inside. The leather has been imprinted with a cross hatch design measuring 4.5 cm. The case has leather stitching where the amulet would be fastened to a chain for wearing around the neck. The kitabe was worn by an individual and contained religious texts, in particular texts written in Ge'ez, a liturgical language of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

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Good condition. The wooden block has been partially wrapped in black leather and one end has come loose.

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Robert N. Thompson


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Preferred Citation: Trinity Western Archives and Special Collections. Ethiopian Manuscripts Collection, Coll. 12-RNT-ob-0002, Ethiopian Kitabe Leather Amulet, 1801-1960.

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July 2020, tk

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  • Box: B 40 S 5