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Group of boys in shemma cloth

Photograph of a group of boys, some of whom are wearing shemma cloth. Shemma cloth is a hand woven material ubiquitous in Ethiopia, but particularly in northern Ethiopia. Marsden purchased an example of a shemma cloth designed for special occasions during her travels which she later donated to the Museum of Anthropology in 2016. This image shows its typical and everyday use by men and boys in the late 1960s and early 1970s in Ethiopia as wrap skirts and as shawls.

Unveiling ceremony (?)

Photograph of preparations for what seems to be the Haile Selassie Celebration in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the unveiling of a statue in December 1971. This was a special holiday to celebrate Haile Selassie and during which a new statue of the Lion of Judah was unveiled.

Church

Photograph of a church in a hilly landscape, somewhere in northern Ethiopia.

Addis Big Market

Photograph of two women at the Big Market in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in Fall 1971. The two women are wearing shemma cloth, a hand woven material ubiquitous in Ethiopia, but particularly in northern Ethiopia. Lorna R. Marsden purchased an example of a shemma cloth designed for special occasions during her travels which she later donated to the Museum of Anthropology in 2016. This image shows its typical and everyday use in the late 1960s and early 1970s in Ethiopia as a body and head wrap, wrap skirt and shawl.

Excavation site (?)

Photograph of what appears to be an excavation site somewhere in northern Ethiopia (possibly the tomb of the Queen of Sheba in Aksum, Ethiopia), showing a stone building columns and a stone wall. Also shown is a street with horse carts and pedestrians.

Great crowns on display

Photograph of the courtyard of St. Mary of Zion Cathedral in Aksum, Ethiopia, with the great crowns on display on a table. This photograph was taken by Lorna R. Marsden during her visit to Aksum, where she purchased several original paintings in shops and from roadside sellers that she later donated to the Museum of Anthropology in 2016.

Great crowns on display with a person

Photograph of the courtyard of St. Mary of Zion Cathedral in Aksum, Ethiopia, with the great crowns on display on a table, an illustrated Bible on a podium, and an individual standing next to the table. This photograph was taken by Lorna R. Marsden during her visit to Aksum, where she purchased several original paintings in shops and from roadside sellers that she later donated to the Museum of Anthropology in 2016.

Entrance to the tomb of the Queen of Sheba

Photograph of the entrance of what was then thought to be the tomb of the Queen of Sheba in Aksum, Ethiopia as it was being excavated. Lorna R. Marsden purchased several paintings on cardboard from roadside sellers near the excavation site, which were later donated to the Museum of Anthropology in 2016.

Landscape with man in shemma cloth

Photograph of a stone wall and landscape somewhere in northern Ethiopia, with two men in the foreground. The man on the right is wearing shemma cloth, a hand woven material ubiquitous in Ethiopia, but particularly in northern Ethiopia. Lorna R. Marsden purchased an example of a shemma cloth designed for special occasions during her travels which she later donated to the Museum of Anthropology in 2016, but this image shows its typical and everyday use by men and boys in the late 1960s and early 1970s in Ethiopia as wrap skirts and as shawls.

Goats on wall

Photograph of two goats on a stone wall and next to a set of stairs carved out of rocks somewhere in northern Ethiopia, likely near Aksum, Ethiopia.

Village in northern Ethiopia

Photograph of a village plaza somewhere in northern Ethiopia, showing a stone structure in the centre, buildings, and pedestrians.

Woman in shemma cloth

Photograph of a group of people, including a woman wearing a shemma cloth that has become dirty with wear. Shemma cloth is a hand woven material ubiquitous in Ethiopia, but particularly in northern Ethiopia. Lorna R. Marsden purchased an example of a shemma cloth designed for special occasions during her travels which she later donated to the Museum of Anthropology in 2016, but this image shows its typical and everyday use by women in the late 1960s and early 1970s as a wrap for head and bodies.

Stone building

Photograph of a stone building, likely taken somewhere near Lalibela, Ethiopia.

Market in northern Ethiopia

Photograph of a market in northern Ethiopia, showing people using black umbrellas. The photograph provides context for an ornate, velvet priest's umbrella acquired by Marsden in Ethiopia and later donated to the Museum of Anthropology, in that it shows the typical use of umbrellas in northern Ethiopia as a shield from the sun.

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