This beautiful icon carved out of wood and stone narrates a story of a Saint. It has two openings that are tied together with threads at the hinge. When the two panels open for a view, colorful Biblical scenes are revealed. The outside carving was made to resemble ornately crafted crosses and elegantly shaped decoration patterns.
The middle section, carved out of stone, shows Abuna Aregawi, a sixth-century monk, who tradition holds founded the monastery in Ethiopia. As the story goes, God provided a giant snake to aid him in climbing the amba, (an Amharic word) for a steep-sided mountain so that he could build Debre Damo, a monastery that is still in use in northern Ethiopia. There are heads of angel's drawings on this icon. Traditional Ethiopian iconographies show the heads of angels only.
Year Made: 2007
Material: Wood, Stone, Threads
Size: Height 15” x Width 7 ½” (closed) Height 15” x Width 11 ¾” (Open)
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Our mission is to introduce traditional Ethiopian products to a broader audience. In doing so, we hope to create sustainable livelihoods for artisans and their communities while preserving the beauty and craftsmanship of Ethiopian weaving. In the age of mass-produced everything, we aim to provide customers with unique, well-made goods.
Welcome to koolDecor, your number one source for traditional Ethiopian home decorations and fashion accessories.
Mekdes Hagos, the founder and owner of koolDecor, began her professional life in the interior architecture field and worked for many years in the business. On a trip to Ethiopia in 2007, she met a textile weaver who introduced her to the woven fabrics of the country. Mekdes fell in love with the materials and wanted to incorporate the designs in the creation of something new. A few years later, through a partnership with Ethiopian textile weavers, koolDecor was established. Since then, Mekdes has collaborated with a wide range of artisans.