The origins of the civilisation and culture of highland Ethiopia lie in extreme antiquity with roots that can be traced to both ancient Africa and the pre-Islamic world of Southern Arabia. Christianity was adopted as the state religion in the middle of the 4th century, linking Ethiopia culturally and politically with Byzantium and the Eastern Mediterranean civilisations. In the early Medieval period there was considerable contact with Christian communities in Egypt and Syria and later traces were left by Judaic and Arabic invasions.
Art of Ethiopia includes material from the collections of the Emperors Takla Haymanot I (r.1706-1708) and Dawit III (r.1708-1721) and William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951) as well as a group of large icons from an Italian private collection.
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