The Prince and the Plunder

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

The Dundee scroll

Published / by Andrew Heavens / Leave a Comment

What: A 19th century scroll painted with figures and geometric patterns

Where: University of Dundee Museum, Hawkhill House DD1 4HN

“Said to have been found in the palace of the King of Abyssinia ‘at the taking of Magdala,'” according to Andrew Proctor’s 1994 book Cultures of the world: The Ethnographic collections of Dundee Art Galleries and Museums.

L.100 x DI.40 1993-382

Andrew Proctor’s book lists another Ethiopian scroll, with no mention of Magdala:

L.70 x DI.42 (Rolled up) 9999-1172
Long length of leather in three sections, inscribed in an Ethiopian script (“ge’ez”) and painted with figures and geometric patterns. Used for healing and protecting purposes.

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