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Un manuscrit éthiopien chrétien sur papier (ca. 1755) : une singularité royale

Abstract : In the mid-18th century, at the royal court of Gondar, the scriptorium of King Iyo’ās (1755-70) imported sheets of paper to make a lectionary (senkesar) in three volumes. Today, one volume remains in Addis Ababa at the Ethiopian National Archives and Library Agency, Department of Manuscripts, under the serial number 197. It is the only known Ethiopian Christian manuscript on paper. In Ethiopia, Christians copied their manuscripts on parchment while Muslims used paper. Craftsmen who knew how to work on paper, foreigners and/or Ethiopians trained by foreigners, made this volume. This innovative and ambitious project met the most sophisticated Ethiopian standards while introducing some novelties and adapting the codicological norms to the requirements of this new medium. The status of this manuscript was high enough to be part of the imperial library at the turn of the twentieth century and then included in the national heritage collection.
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Anaïs Wion. Un manuscrit éthiopien chrétien sur papier (ca. 1755) : une singularité royale . Afriques: débats, méthodes et terrains d'histoire, Centre d’études des mondes africains (CEMAf) – UMR 8171, 2017. ⟨halshs-01680259⟩



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