The Hallie Ford Museum of Art has created an exhibit titled “Glory of Kings: Ethiopian Christian Art From Oregon Collections.”
It continues at the museum, 700 State St. in Salem, through June 12.
Ethiopia, clinging to the rugged highlands of sub-Saharan Africa, has been home to a unique strand of Christianity that traces its history back to the Queen of Sheba and ancient Israel’s King Solomon.
The museum exhibit gathers examples of Ethiopian art and crafts, including murals, iconic images painted on wood, elaborate crosses made of metal and carved in wood and illuminated manuscripts that are different from European examples but vibrantly colorful in their own way.
A few magic scrolls also are on display, each made to protect a particular person with images of guardian angels and watchful eyes.
Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The museum is closed on Mondays.
Hallie Ford Museum Willamette University
700 State StreetSalem, Oregon 97301
March 19 – June 12, 2011
Study Gallery & Print Study Center
Co-curated by professor and faculty curator Ann Nicgorski and University of Oregon professor emeritus A. Dean McKenzie, the exhibition features a range of Ethiopian icons, illuminated manuscripts, magic scrolls, icon and cross pendants, and monumental handheld and processional crosses that serve as visual expressions of the Ethiopian Christian faith and ritual practice.
Image from :willamette.edu