Cultural exchange

Today another package arrived from Ethiopia. I handed the post office clerk the yellow claim slip and he handed me the brown paper package with the exotic  stamps on it. Inside, wrapped in old plastic bags, I found 12 exquisite icons on tanned goat skins. Each is about a foot square, painted in primary colors that range from egg yolk yellow to royal blue. The subjects include the Trinity, Christ the Pantocrator, the Virgin and child, St. George and the dragon (an Ethiopian favorite), plus a national saint who looks for all the world like Daniel, with tamed leopards and lions lying at his feet.


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