The Religious Artwork noticed on the Trip

Carved Wooden Ceiling Panels at the Timber Church of Abuna Aregawi,
6th Century AD, Debra Damo

The above carved wooden ceiling panels appear at the Timber church of Abuna Aregawi, Debra Damo, and from left to right, and top to bottom, they include: Two Giraffes eating from a tree, and in mirrored symmetry; four entwined goats?; a knotwork circle design with central curved diamond shapes; Two male Gazelles like creatures fighting with an infant, and tree knotwork; a knotwork cross; an Ox being attacked by an Ethiopian Wolf; A Gazelle biting its hind leg and infant; A Gazelle suckling an infant, and another biting its hind leg; a blank missing panel; a Winged creature, maybe a Griffin?; two deer like creatures with antlers; and two goats and an infant.

A Left Hand Printed on Stone at Tcherqos Rock-Hewn Church, 8th Century AD, Wukro

The above photograph depicts a human left hand which has been printed onto the stone, to form a yellow impression.

Typical Ethiopian Christian Art depicting the Last Judgement and God as the Holy Trinity, and the many aspects of St Michael, the Archangel, at Debra Selam Mikael Timber Cave Church, 8th Century AD, Tigray

The above photograph taken at Debra Selam Mikael timber cave church, shows typical Ethiopian Christian artwork, which often appears in churches upon walls, but also in Ethiopian religious texts. They are brightly coloured and certainly do catch the eye.

Notice all the faces are of African origin, which is similar to some early Coptic artwork, which shows the multi cultural true aspect of Christ, i.e. he is universal, and may be accepted by all creeds and nations, no matter what his actual skin colour really was.

The wall panels above those many aspects of St Michael (see below), show Christ as the Father, older, of African origin, but with white flowing hair and beard, in his triple aspect, with the Four Evangelists surrounding him, and at each corner.

However most of these figures are actually of St Michael, the Archangel, in his many aspects, portraying his traditional view, along with his heavenly articles, as well as those attributed to him in the Book of Revelation. In the multiple depictions of him: they show him holding a cross, and crowned, with halo, of both white, and green, and light, yellow and red, like a rainbow, with multi coloured costume, with censors burning incense at his feet, faces of him above, winged, multiple times; as well as him clothed below the chest, with a cloud, holding a sword; a full figure, holding in the right hand the sun, and in the left, the moon, again crowned and with a halo, with wings;  another full figure, crowned and with a halo, with wings, holding a cross surmounted lance, in the right hand, and a pair of scales representing justice, in the left; again a full figure, halo, wings and crowned, with a sword in the right hand, and a robe in the left; and again, clothed in a cloud, below the chest, with sword in right hand, winged, and with a halo; and above this, many depictions of him, crowned with halo, and linked in arms with the others, holding censors, of burning incense. All the figures present us with a rainbow coloured wall painting. The whole depiction, with God in his Trinity, and St Michael in numerous multiple guises, presents the viewer with a depiction of the Last Judgement.

The Madonna with Christ Child to the internal side of a Reliquary Cupboard Door at Debra Selam Mikael Timber Cave Church, 8th Century AD, Tigray

The above photograph depicts a reliquary cupboard door’s internal face, with a painted Madonna with Christ Child.

A Seated Ethiopian Christ between Two Pillars Wall Painting at Makina Medhane Alam Cave Church, 12th/13th Century AD

Upper Part of St Michael upon a Horse thwarting the Devil with a Lance Wall Painting at Makina Medhane Alam Cave Church, 12th/13th Century AD

The above wall painting shows St Michael, the Archangel, winged and with a halo, with a lance in his right hand, piercing the horned Devil below, upon a Red Horse. Notice the colour of St Michael’s face is redder than his hands and neck, and the same as the horse. This is indicative of the fire of divinity, for he holds the mighty flame of the fire of God, and is seated upon the fiery horse of heaven, because usually the horse is also depicted as having wings, in the Orthodox Church.

Christ upon his Heavenly Throne surrounded by the Four Evangelists Wall Painted Dome at Makina Medhane Alam Cave Church, 12th/13th Century AD

An Ethiopian Warthog Wall Painting at Lideta Maryam Cave Church, 13th Century AD, Gennata Maryam

A Camel Wall Painting at Lideta Maryam Cave Church, 13th Century AD, Gennata Maryam

A Group of White Faced Priests with Crosses, as well as a shocked, hands in exclamation, dark faced figures Wall Painting at Lideta Maryam Cave Church, 13th Century AD, Gennata Maryam

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