The Metropolitan Museum of Art Completes First-Ever Digitization of an Ethiopian Manuscript: (Arganonä Maryam (The Organ of Mary) 2006.99)
I’m happy to share with you a recently-completed project undertaken as part of my fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. For the first time ever, the museum has fully digitized an Ethiopian manuscript in its collection. The late seventeenth-century Arganonä Maryam (The Organ of Mary, 2006.99) is an exceptional example of this Marian praise book, including a series of illuminations attributed to the scribe Baselyos, also known as “The Ground Hornbill Master.”
The digitized manuscript is accompanied by a long-form essay exploring its contents, format, and history. We hope that making this work freely available will help increase both our knowledge of this particular manuscript, and contribute to the growing efforts to make Ethiopian literary and artistic knowledge more accessible to both scholars and the general public.
To view the work in its entirety or download images, visit http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/733038. Click on “additional images,” then “show more” until the entire text is displayed.
My thanks to the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, the Imaging Department, and the Book Conservation Department for their support of this project.
Sylvan C. Coleman and Pam Coleman Memorial Fund Fellow in the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas (2015-2016)
PhD Candidate, Department of Art & Archaeology, Princeton University