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A manuscript of the ‘The Story of Mary’ and the homily for Festivals of the Virgin Mary (OR 604)

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What: An illustrated Ethiopian manuscript dated 1716 containing the Nagara Māryām – the History and Miracles of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and and the homily for Festivals of the Virgin Mary. “This volume is full of lists of furniture, dress and books, deeds of gift, and similar documents, in Amharic, written on the blank pages and on the margins.”

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

Ref: OR 604
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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