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Seminar - Sacred Traditions and the Arts

Speakers: Dr. Erica C D Hunter and Jacopo Gnisci

Thursday 27th November 2014

Solve Calceamentum de Pedibus Tuis: Locus Enim, in Quo Stas, Terra Sancta Est' (exod. 3: 5): Liturgical, Theological, Architectural, and Art Historical Perspectives on the Ethiopian Church

Research Forum South Room, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN

6.00pm - The event is free and open to members of the public

The Ethiopian Church, today known as the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, is unique in many ways. The first part of this seminar will provide an overview of the rich history of Christianity in Ethiopia, following its official espousal in the fourth century, then will explore the role and significance of the tabot (Ark of the Covenant) in the Ethiopian Church. The second part of the seminar will examine how the theology and spirituality of the Ethiopian Church have shaped certain aspects of Ethiopian medieval iconography.

Dr. Erica C D Hunter is Senior Lecturer in Eastern Christianity, Department for the Study of Religions, at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

Jacopo Gnisci is an art historian specialising in Ethiopian art. His current research focuses on representations of the Passion in Ethiopia between the thirteenth and the early sixteenth centuries.

More details can be found on the Kings College London and The Courtauld Institute of Art websites.

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