The Prince and the Plunder

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A manuscript of ‘The Harp of Praise’ including a drawing of a king labelled Tewodros (OR 595)

Published / by Andrew Heavens / Leave a Comment

What: An 18th century manuscript of Arganona Weddase ‘The Harp of Praise’, including “a drawing of a king on his throne, playing on a harp, and above it, in coarse letters, ንጉሠ ነገሥት ቴዎድሮስ ‘King of Kings Téwodros'”

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

Ref: OR 595
Digital version –

Stamped inside the cover: “Presented by the Secretary of State for India Aug. 1868”
Listed as part of the “Magdala collection” in William Wright’s Catalogue of the Ethiopic manuscripts in the British Museum acquired since the year 1847

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