Ethiopian Healing Scrolls
Mortuary roll of Lucy-An example of Rotulus (c. 1225 - c. 1230). This parchment rotulus is the mortuary roll for the foundress and first prioress of the Benedictine nunnery of Castle Hedingham (Essex), Lucy de Vere. This is the fifth oldest English obituary roll and it appears to be the earliest with illumination of this kind. In 1829, Francis Henry Egerton bequeathed to the British Museum. Images identified by the The British Library, is free of known copyright restrictions.
Healing Scroll Date: 19th century Geography: Ethiopia Culture: Amhara or Tigrinya peoples Medium: Parchment (vellum), pigment. In Ethiopia customized protective scrolls that interweave sacred imagery with textual prayers have been prescribed by traditional healers for over two thousand years. These were carried on the person of the individual to whom they were specifically dedicated to shield them from harm. Often the customized content of a scroll is astrologically determined.