Ethiopian Iconography (Photo Report)

admin | 02 February 2012

The Ethiopian Orthodox Church numbers among the Oriental Orthodox Churches; along with the Coptic, Syrian, and Armenian Orthodox Churches, it confesses a Monophysite Christology, not accepting the decrees of the Council of Chalcedon (451), and recognizing only the first three Ecumenical Councils.

The flowering of the Ethiopian school of iconography took place between the periods of the High and Late Middle Ages. Contemporary artists continue the preservation and continuation of the traditions of national art.

Compiled from open sources.


Ethiopian Christians carrying a cross.

African saints




The Lord commanded Gideon to go to war against the Midianites, who had thousands of soldiers, with only a few select Israelites so that they would not become arrogant by ascribing the victory to themselves, because everything was in God’s hands. Therefore he first discarded the cowardly. Gideon led the best soldiers, tortured by thirst, to a river to see how they would drink. Those who drank directly from the water were sent back, while those who lapped with their hand to their mouth (that is, the more civilized) were taken to battle. There were a total of 300 men. They defeated the many thousands of Midianite soldiers – for this was God’s will. (See the Book of Judges, chapter 7).

A lion ate a saint’s dog. The saint turned to the lion reproachfully, but not abusively: “Brother, why did you do that?” The lion grew ashamed and became the saint’s dog.

St. Moses the Black, an Ethiopian. Lived in the fourth century. Originally from Ethiopia, he was the servant of a rich nobleman who banished him for bad behavior. Not wanting to earn an honest living, he headed a gang of robbers. Moses spent several years as a thief, living a sinful life, but by God’s great mercy he repented. Spending many years in monastic struggle, St. Moses was ordained to the diaconate and later to the priesthood, serving in this rank for fifteen years and attracting around seventy-five disciples.

The Lord’s Theophany

St. Thekla, who in the Lord’s name spent seven years standing on one leg, which then withered. Then an angel laid it before the throne of God, and Thekla received three pairs of wings and a pair for his legs.

The Lord’s Resurrection

The Nativity of Christ

The conversion of the Apostle Paul

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