The Prince and the Plunder

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

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Church manuscript brought to England by men of the 4th regiment *

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What: A church manuscript

Where: The Horniman Museum, 100 London Rd, London SE23 3PQ

The museum catalogue entry reads: Manuscript of the Ethiopian church. Characters in black and red ink on two narrow skins laced together, 167 lines; brought to England by men of the 4th regiment. Date: 1868

Museum reference: 1976.475i

Provenance: The men of the 4th (The King’s Own Royal) Regiment of Foot took part in the attack on Maqdala, which took place in 1868. It is conceivable they may have picked up this manuscript at other points on the march, hence the asterisk.

Manuscript from Magdala

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What: A manuscript from Magdala

Where: The National Museums of Scotland

Sources:

The museums’ online catalogue entry has no picture

National Museums of Scotland spreadsheet
Accession number: A.1893.213
Description: Manuscript written in Ge’ez on parchment in black and red ink: Eastern Africa, Ethiopia, obtained at Magdala, 1868
Acquisition source: Mackenzie, William Sir K. C.B., C.S.I., 1811 – 1893

Manuscript from Magdala

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What: A manuscript from Magdala

Where: The National Museums of Scotland

Sources:

The museums’ online catalogue entry has no picture

National Museums of Scotland spreadsheet
Accession number: A.1893.214
Description: Manuscript written in Ge’ez on parchment in black and red ink: Eastern Africa, Ethiopia, obtained at Magdala, 1868
Acquisition source: Mackenzie, William Sir K. C.B., C.S.I., 1811 – 1893

Manuscript paper

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What: A “manuscript paper”

Where: The National Museums of Scotland

Description/notes: There are other cases where individual pages were torn out of larger manuscripts – see the pages taken out of an edition of “The Miracles of Mary” in Scotland’s National Archives.

Sources:

The museums’ online catalogue entry has no picture. An earlier version described it as a “manuscript paper”.

National Museums of Scotland spreadsheet
Accession number: A.1893.215
Description: Manuscript in Ge’ez written on both sides in black and red ink: Eastern Africa, Ethiopia, obtained at Magdala, 1868
Acquisition source: Mackenzie, William Sir K. C.B., C.S.I., 1811 – 1893

A 17th century parchment with sacred drawings, from the emperor’s palace

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What: Drawings of St George and the Dragon , the Virgin and Child, Christ and His Disciples, in Gethsemane, Christ scourged, Christ mocked, the Crucifixion and Taking Down from the Cross, likely taken from a manuscript

Where: The Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL

The catalogue entry reads: “This drawing was brought from the Emperor Theodore’s Palace at Magdala on its destruction by the Abyssinian Expedition, 1868. Purchased from Mr McNaughton, 4 Oct 1920.”

Museum number:
E.3937-1920

“Manuscript album” last seen in Leeds *

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What: A “manuscript album”

Where: Unknown

Part of the catalogue for the National Exhibition of Works of Art in Leeds

Description

One of 21 artefacts from the Abyssinian expedition put on show at the National Exhibition of Works of Art in Leeds in 1868

According to the exhibition’s catalogue, it was lent by H.D. (or J.D.) Birchall, Esq. of Leeds. There are no details on what happened to it after the show closed in October that year.

Sources

National Exhibition of Works of Art, at Leeds, 1868 : official catalogue