A 15th c. Ethiopian prayer book - now on Flickr!

Pages 4 and 5 of the prayer book, with an illumination of Jesus Christ on the left and the first page of text on the right

About a month ago, I put scans of our Ethiopian prayer book online as a new digital collection(you can read all about it below). But now I am excited to announce that we have also added every page of the book to our Flickr account, so if Flickr's your thing be sure to have a look!

Also, I'm still searching for a scholar of the Ge'ez language who can tell me what is actually written in the book, so if you know someone...

The following was originally part of a blog post on the Walter Havighurst Special Collections website:

In 1987, the assistant to the head of Special Collections & Archives, Frances McClure, came back from Kenya with a prayer book she had purchased. She was told it was originally owned by Woldge Georgis, son of Tewoderas who briefly ruled over Ethiopia 1413-1414. It is handwritten and illustrated on animal skin, bound in a wood cover, and was originally kept in a leather satchel. The language it is written in, Ge'ez, is a Semitic language that is no longer spoken but is still used in the liturgy of some Ethiopian churches.

Beyond this, there is little we can say about it, other than that it is a beautifully constructed book, with some amazing artwork. And now we are happy to announce that it is viewable online in its entirety! The entire prayer book may be viewed here, and I encourage you all to take some time to explore the book - I doubt you've seen anything like it before!

The prayer book closed, and the leather satchel it was stored in.