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Zir Ganela Gospels
Ethiopia, 1400-1401
MS M.828 fol. 12r

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1) Christ: Miracle of raising Lazarus (continuation of scene from fol. 11v) -- Group of nimbed male witnesses turned in three-quarter pose toward left, some with hand raised;
2) Christ: meeting Zaccheus -- Zaccheus in tree; inscription, “How Zaccheus went up the sycamore tree” (Ge’ez);
3) Christ: Entry into Jerusalem (continuation of scene from fol. 11v) -- Male figure wearing trousers, orant, in palm tree; below, three arches, possibly representing city gate of Jerusalem, enclosing six figures; below, three male figures holding palm branches, two nimbed, one carried on shoulders of the second;
to right, nimbed statue, possibly an idol, headless and armless, nude, beside nimbed male figure inscribed “Levi the Publican” (Ge’ez), arms raised, and nimbed leper, sores on legs, bending forward, extending garment; inscription, “How he took off his garments and spread them” (Ge’ez).

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