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REMARKS ON THE STYLE AND ICONOGRAPHY OF ILLUSTRATED ETHIOPIC MANUSCRIPTS FROM THE EARLY SOLOMONIC PERIOD [Abstract ID: 0202-04]
This paper will focus on illustrated Ethiopic manuscript from the early Solomonic period. It will outline the principal stylistic features of miniatures produced during this period and examine them in the light of previous observations on the matter by scholars such as Heldman, Leroy, Monneret de Villard, and Ricci. The paper will also analyse a small group of illustrated Gospel books that are closely related in terms of style and iconography, to ask: a) whether it is possible to include sub-categories in the taxonomic scheme for the period and, if so, what the best terminological practice would be; b) whether it is possible, at the current state of our knowledge, to associate these sub-categories to a geographic area and whether this should have a bearing on terminology; and c) whether the stylistic and iconographic relationship between manuscripts is best represented by a hierarchical model or a network model.