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Sacramental spoon “from Magdalla” last seen in sketchbook

Published / by Andrew Heavens / Leave a Comment

What: A sacramental spoon

Where: Unknown

Description: An ornate spoon with depiction of crucifixion on the handle sketched by William Simpson, an artist and correspondent for the Illustrated London News. on Britain’s Abyssinian Expedition in 1868.

A note on the page reads: “Sacramental Spoon from Magdalla, 20th April 1868”

Sources: Page 23 of one of two sketchbooks in the Institute of Ethiopian Studies in Addis Ababa, scanned in by the British Library –

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