The work is a careful and meticulous study of Ethiopian trial crosses. “Ethiopian Crosses” like its predecessor, “Ethiopian Icons”, The work is a careful and meticulous study of Ethiopian trial crosses. “Ethiopian Crosses”, like its predecessor, “Ethiopian Icons” marks a particularly important moment in Ethiopian studies and is the result of over thirty years of work by Stanislaw Chojnacki.
Ethiopian art is without a doubt one of the highest expressions of the wide-ranging and rich African culture. This notwithstanding, it is also obviously fruit of the particular Ethiopian history of tight interconnections with Byzantine, Islamic and Indian civilisations, and is closely tied to styles deriving from these. The wealth of material studied in this book emerges as testimony to a refined and intelligent civilisation which has been able to make the most of inevitable and not always painless external influences. The volume analyses in detail an enormous collection of crosses present throughout the high plain and scattered in museums around the world.