The Prince and the Plunder

A book on how Britain took one boy and piles of treasures from Ethiopia

A prayer scroll with five miniatures (OR 12025) *

Published / by Andrew Heavens / Leave a Comment

What: A 19th century Ethiopian prayer scroll with five miniatures, in three strips, with the 1868 campaign mentioned in a note on the back

Where: The British Library, 96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB


A note on the back of the scroll reads: “Thomas William Oliver, Royal Navy, from Colonel John Watts of Gunville, Dorset, and Bombay. -Abyssinia- War 1868. Supposed to a Psalm”

Digital version –


Listed as OR 12025 in the British Library catalogue

Catalogue of Ethiopian manuscripts in the British Library acquired since the year 1877 / compiled by S. Strelcyn

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