An Aksumite bronze figure of a male
Stock Number: 05491
An Aksumite bronze figure of a male, his head encircled by a halo and body entwined with a snake.
The iconography possibly relates to the legendary figure Angabo, who is said to have come from the land of the Sabaeans (Yemen) and freed Ethiopia from the tyranny of a giant serpent-dragon named Wainaba. He was granted the kingship of Ethiopia in return for this deed. These events are referred to in the story of the Queen of Sheba and are supposed to have taken place in the distant past (in all likelihood sometime in the first millennium BCE).
There is evidence that some early religious cults in Ethiopia included snake-like entities in their pantheon.
Ex Private Collection, Netherlands.
Accompanied by a display stand.
|Aksumite Kingdom, circa 4th-9th century A.D., Ethiopia|
|Height: 9 cm|