Switchplate Art: Ethiopian Healing Scroll

Ethiopian  Magic scroll close up 2

The images used to create this light switch plate come from a 19th Century Ethiopian Healing or Magic Scroll.
Healing scrolls were used throughout North Africa in rituals to treat illness in combination with herbal medicines. While the herbal medicines focused on the treatment of physical ills, the healing scrolls were used in addressing the spiritual component of the illness. Healing scrolls were not based in the practice of one specific religion. Instead they were used multi-denominationally.
For more about the fascinating history of Ethiopian Healing Scrolls, and to explore the beautiful graphic designs of the scrolls, visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History . And to see more views of this switchplate visit my shop, Serra Craft .

 

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