East Africa and the Horn of Africa


Christian Ethiopian art
Ethiopia’s Christian heritage predates much of Europe’s, and includes churches hewn from living rock.

Christian Ethiopian art



Illuminated Gospel
This 15th century manuscript is based on Egyptian Coptic sources, but its creators imbued it with local flair.

Illuminated Gospel


Aksumite coins
Pious, multilingual, and technologically advanced, these coins were currency in more ways than one.

Aksumite Coins



Kingdom of Aksum
By 400 C.E., Aksum was a sophisticated Christian empire with a written language and an international reputation.

The kingdom of Aksum


Kilwa Kisiwani, Tanzania
This island’s architecture attests to its long and tumultuous history of wealth, power, exchange, and conquest.

Kilwa Kisiwani, Tanzania


Julie Mehretu, Stadia II
In this work, a contemporary Ethiopian artist explores the utopian potential of chaos in a globalizing world.

Julie Mehretu, Stadia II