200132 - Antique Ethiopian wooden handpainted coptic icon - Ethiopia.
Antique and Extremly Rare Ethiopia Coptic handpainted end 19th or begin 20th century icon from the orthodox coptic Church in Ethiopia.
High: 39.5 cm x 28.5 cm.
The purpose of Ethiopian art is to describe in color, the drama of the gospels. The icons have been used for devotional purposes, both as objects of power and as votive offerings. They are believed to be permeated with the spiritual presence of the saints and in particular of the Virgin Mary. Prayers made to an icon are offered directly to a specific saint or to the Virgin herself. The icon can elicit either a blessing on the righteous or punishment to wrongdoers. The faithful often commissioned icons with the intention of obtaining God's mercy, as well as the intercession and protection of the Virgin Mary.