Africa | Ethiopia, 'magic scroll': A so-called 'magic scroll' made of parchment (animal skin). These 'magic scrolls' are used by Ethiopian Orthodox Christian priests in healing the sick. Before the ceremony such a 'magic scroll' would be placed lengthwise over the lying patient. This complete piece is inscribed in black and red with prayer formulas in the sacred 'Geez' language. With 3 pictures
Ottoman dental book showing molars infected with toothworms. As early as Babylonian times and lasting well into the 18 century, it was thought that a toothache was caused by worms. The theory was disproved by Jacob Christian Schaffer in Tooth worms?
One of the earliest African objects to enter the Metropolitan’s collection, this Ethiopian scroll was part of a ritual healing process. It was created by a däbtära (an unordained cleric) to rid a person of physical illness caused by malevolent spirits