The return of a historical manuscript to its homeland will become an opportunity to teach
at the University of Memphis, during a Symposium on Art Repatriation. From Nov. 19-26,
Dr. Kindeneh Endeg Mihretie, repatriation expert, will travel from Ethiopia to Memphis
to accept a manuscript that was presented by an anonymous donor.
Originally, the pre-19th century Ethiopian book was intended to be given to the Art Museum
at the University of Memphis, but sensing the great cultural and scholarly value of
the text, the Art Museum recommended the collector donate the manuscript to the Institute
of Ethiopian Studies at Addis Ababa University. AMUM is working with Mihretie to determine
the exact age and content of the manuscript.
During his visit, Mihretie will lecture on “The Role of Ge’ez Manuscripts for the Reconstruction
of Close to Two Thousands Years of Ethiopian History” in a symposium on Saturday,
Nov. 23, that will include other experts on restoring items to their country of origin.
He will also lead students in examining the manuscript.
For more information, call AMUM at 901.678.2224.