Religious Photographs and Iconography from Aksum and Ethiopia

Obelisk Ancient Aksum

Obelisk from ancient Aksum

Church Carved out of Rock

Church carved out of rock, Lalibella, Ethiopia

Roof of Rock Church

Roof of rock church, Lalibella, Ethiopia

Rock Church

Rock church, Lalibella, Ethiopia

Holy Treasury of the Cathedral in Aksum

Holy Treasury of the Cathedral in Aksum

Trinity Ethiopian Church

Trinity Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Addis Ababa

Ethiopian Orthodox Church

Ethiopian Orthodox Church

Priest of Holy Treasury

Priest of Holy Treasury of the Cathedral of Aksum

Priest at Lalibella Rock Church

Priest at Lalibella Rock Church

Ethiopian Orthodox Priests

Ethiopian Orthodox priests at Festival of Timket

Ethiopian Religious Iconography

Ethiopia has a rich tradition of Christian religious art. The following paintings are representations by Adamu Tesfaw, a contemporary Ethiopian artist, of traditional Ethiopian Christian themes. These paintings are part of an Ethiopian art collection held by the Michigan State University Museum.

What stories do the paintings tell? How are the paintings similar to and different from religious paintings that you are familiar with?

Gebre Manfus Qedus

Gebre Manfus Qedus. Painting by Ethiopian artist Adamu Tesfaw Michigan State University Museum Photo by Kim Kauffman

Saint Mercurius slaying Julianius

Saint Mercurius Slaying Julianius. Painting by Ethiopian artist Adamu Tesfaw Michigan State University Museum Photo by Kim Kauffman

Saint Yared with the Holy Family

Saint Yared with the Holy Family. Painting by Ethiopian artist Adamu Tesfaw Michigan State University Museum Photo by Kim Kauffman

Saint George Slaying the Dragon

Saint George Slaying the Dragon. Painting by Ethiopian artist Adamu Tesfaw Michigan State University Museum Photo by Kim Kauffman