Raphael vs. Satan Ethiopian Orthodox Beaded Necklace
Ethiopia's Christian tradition dates back to the 4th century, when the ruler of the Aksumite kingdom converted to Christianity; by the 15th century, this African nation had developed a tradition of icon painting that rivaled that of the Orthodox empires. Four centuries after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, Ethiopian King Ezana embraced Christianity in the kingdom of Aksum, beginning the diffusion of the new religion’s beliefs and art throughout the Horn of Africa. For much of the following 1,600 years, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church – known as Tewahdo – has kept that faith alive throughout the introduction of Islam and the impact of imperialism, poverty and revolution on the beleaguered nation. Ethiopian painting, on walls, in books, and in icons, is very distinctive. It is typified by simplistic, almost cartoonish, figures with large, almond-shaped, eyes. Colors are usually bright and vivid. This iconic Ethiopian double sided diptych pendant was difficult to identify. You can only see a small part of the gray devil in the right corner of the primary painting. After my research I've determined it most closely resembles the images of Archangel Raphael driving out Satan. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church claims to possess the Ark of the Covenant in a chapel in the small town of Axum, in their country’s northern Highlands. It arrived nearly 3,000 years ago, they say, and has been guarded by a succession of virgin monks who, once anointed, are forbidden to set foot outside the chapel grounds until they die. No one except the Guardians are ever allowed to see the Ark, not even the Patriarch of the Church.
Truly a one of a kind hand painted work of wearable art. It is composed of an Ethiopian Orthodox diptych pendant, yellow faceted baroque agate, red jasper rondelle beads, large Moroccan silver beads and African krobo beads.
• Necklace 21.5 inches
Each piece comes beautifully packaged, ready for gifting.
One of a kind and handmade in the Missouri Ozarks.