Kungligt beskydd och monastisk kultur i 1200-talets Etiopien: makt och andlighet skildrad i väggmålningar i kyrkor med anknytning till kung Yekuno Amlak
Tidsperiod: 2013-01-01 till 2014-12-31
Projektledare: Balicka-Witakowska Ewa Maria, Ewa Balicka-Witakowska, Ewa Maria Balicka-Witakowska
Budget: 2 428 000 SEK
This proposed project will comprise extensive studies of three Ethiopian churches and their murals dating to the 13th century. All three are associated with the founder of Solomonic dynasty, King Yekuno Amlak, who acceded to royal power with the help of the most significant monastic houses and swore a solemn oath to reward their loyalty. The king honoured his vow by elevating these communities and their churches to the status of royal foundations. This process unfolded at different stages of the king?s career and involved monks whose relationships with the new ruler were not uniform. Consequently, royal favour took various forms. The objective of the project is to demonstrate that the iconographical programmes of the murals reflect the king?s policy towards his ecclesiastical allies and reveal the multifaceted character of these mutual bonds. In addition to the traditional historical and philological methods, dictated by the nature of the material studied, innovative techniques will be applied to the analysis of the paintings. The complex character of the project will require interdisciplinary expertise and hence cooperation with scholars and institutions in several countries. In addition, the polymorphous character of the material and the importance of making it easily and broadly accessible, has led me to propose a new publication format, namely an online website.