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Ethiopian Manuscripts

Identifier: SC-MS-269

Scope and Contents

Four scrolls and texts written in Ethopic Ge'ez, a Semitic language that is no longer spoken, but still used in liturgical writing by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Also includes a small bound book. The interpretations of the images were derived from David Appleyard's Ethiopian Manuscripts (London, Jed Press, 1993) and Jacques Mercier's Ethiopian Magic Scrolls (George Braziller,1879). The manuscripts have yet to be fully analyzed.


  • Creation: Undated

Copyright Statement

Copyright retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.


5 Containers (Contains 5 artifact boxes.)

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Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by Sara Fussell Messer, an alumni of Wilmington College, in September 2004.

They were found by Messer's family member behind a heating duct in his New Orleans apartment during the 1960s. No owner could be located, and they have been in the family since that time.

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Ethiopian Manuscripts
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Part of the Randall Library Special Collections Repository