The Prince and the Plunder

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An 18th century manuscript of the Acts of St. Takla Haymanot, with carved metal cover (OR 728)

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What: An 18th century Ethiopian manuscript of the Acts of St. Takla Haymanot with a service in his honour and many illustrations. According to the library, “this profusely illustrated manuscript has the only known example of a metal cover with carvings of figures and the cross, outside of Ethiopia”

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

Ref: OR 728
Digital version –

Stamped on first page: “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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