An Ethiopian devotional, 19th century

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An Ethiopian devotional, 19th century

Chip-carved and with a hollow toggle atop for affixing to a necklace or belt, with a door on both sides opening to painted images of figures including the Virgin Mary, Christ and St George slaying the dragon, some words hand-written in Geez and with a paper-label attached to the underside which reads indistinctly ‚ 'A charm taken from her neck by an Abyssinian girl and given to Captain Lambard during the campaign of 1868', 7.5cm x 9.5cm.

This refers to the British punitive expedition of 1867/68 to Abyssinia to rescue captive missionaries held by the emperor Theodore (Tewodros) II by a combined British and Indian army under the command of General Sir Robert Napier. Captain Lambard of the 45th Foot is recorded as having been present at the siege of Magdala for which he was awarded the Abyssinan campaign medal. It was at this battle that the emperor, realising he had lost the day, shot himself with a pistol that had been presented to him by Queen Victoria

Period: 19th century

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