The Prince and the Plunder

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

Category: Scrolls

Parchment scroll ‘from King Theodore’s Palace’

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What: Parchment scroll

Where: Whitby Museum, Pannett Park, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1RE

Description

The museum’s database entry reads: “Parchment Scroll from King Theodores Palace Abyssinia. Donated by Mr Morley Woodhouse in 1869”
From email to author from museum registrar Denise Gildroy 04/02/2021

Museum ref: REF WHITM:ETH145

Prayer scroll ‘from King Theodore’s House’

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What: Length of parchment with Coptic writing in black ink. “From King Theodore’s House”.

Where: Perth Museum & Art Gallery, 78 George St, Perth PH1 5LB

Sources

Listed in, the “Catalogue of the Ethnographic Collection: Oceania, America, Africa, Perth Museum & Art Gallery” by Dale Idiens, Curator of Ethnography

Museum ref:
1000 Prayer scroll, Ethiopia
1540 x 78        1979.1606

An 18th century strip of parchment with Magdala mentioned on the back (OR 12114 B)

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What: An 18th century Ethiopian strip of parchment, folded like a concertina, with three miniatures, prayers and prescriptions and a note on the back mentioning Magdala

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

Description

An 18th century strip of manuscript containing “magical prayers and prescriptions”, according to the catalogue. A note on the back reads: “Found in Theodore’s Church, at the storming of Magdala”.

Sources

Listed as Or 12114 B in the British Library catalogue

Catalogue of Ethiopian manuscripts in the British Library acquired since the year 1877 / compiled by S. Strelcyn

Scroll with faces, eyes, saltire crosses, cross (IE TCD MS 3810) *

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What: Described as “Ethiopic [religious] text with slight rubrication, end decoration and illustrated miniatures consisting of faces, eyes, saltire crosses, cross, 1090x71mm, rolled vellum.”

Where: Trinity College Library – Dublin

One of at least 19 Ethiopic manuscripts listed in the library’s database.

Library ref: IE TCD MS 3810
database entry – https://manuscripts.catalogue.tcd.ie/CalmView/Record.aspx?src=CalmView.Catalog&id=IE+TCD+MS+3809-3810&pos=12

Provenance:
Purchased by TCLD 9 June 1905. Brought from Abyssinia in 1869 [receipt kept with rolls]. Found in Classing Room, April 1964
1869 is the year after the Abyssinian Expedition

Scroll showing cross with Roman soldiers (IE TCD MS 3809) *

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What: Described as “Ethiopic [religious] text with rubrication, illumination and illuminated miniatures, crucifixion – cross with Roman soldiers, no figures of Christ, 800x88mm, rolled vellum”

Where: Trinity College Library – Dublin

One of at least 19 Ethiopic manuscripts listed in the library’s database.

Library ref: IE TCD MS 3809
database entry – https://manuscripts.catalogue.tcd.ie/CalmView/Record.aspx?src=CalmView.Catalog&id=IE+TCD+MS+3809-3810&pos=12

Provenance:
Purchased by TCLD 9 June 1905. Brought from Abyssinia in 1869 [receipt kept with rolls]. Found in Classing Room, April 1964
1869 is the year after the Abyssinian Expedition

An ‘Ethiopic manuscript’ with six illustrations (IE TCD MS 2286) *

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What: A [religious] text in Ethiopic script in a roll, interspersed with six illustrations in brown and black. Note on the back mentions the Abyssinian Expedition and one of the British force’s bases on the route.

Where: Trinity College Library – Dublin

One of at least 19 Ethiopic manuscripts listed in the library’s database.

Library ref: IE TCD MS 2286
database entry – https://manuscripts.catalogue.tcd.ie/CalmView/Record.aspx?src=CalmView.Catalog&id=IE+TCD+MS+2286&pos=5

Provenance:
Dated on back “Addigerat, March 22 1868. R.G. Kennedy Abs[ynnia]n Ex[peditio]n.”
Presented by Col. Lefroy, Carrigglas Manor, Longford, 1 May 1950.