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Title:The amulet of Emperor Theodore
Author:Hailu HabtuISNI
Year:2003
Periodical:Annales d'Éthiopie
Volume:19
Pages:257-263
Language:English
Geographic terms:Ethiopia
Great Britain
Subjects:ritual objects
foreign policy
heads of State
military operations
history
1860-1869
Abstract:The British expedition to Ethiopia of 1867-1868 successfully stormed the fortress of Magadala and freed the European hostages held there by Emperor Theodore (reigned 1855-1868). This was followed by massive British looting of the Emperor's treasures. A certain Henry Bailey of the 10th Company Royal Engineers took the amulet from Theodore's neck. This amulet was not heard of for almost a century until Richard Pankhurst published a short note on it in 1962. The amulet was returned to Ethiopia by an anonymous British donor in 2002. This article deals with the text written on the amulet, showing that it is, by and large, a prayer for charisma, majesty and wealth. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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