ETHIOPIA was the first and most comprehensive exhibition depicting Ethiopian culture known to have been presented anywhere in the world. The exhibition consisted of over 150 rare, historical and contemporary pieces, including crosses of silver, brass, and copper; paintings on cloth and parchment; icons on wood; manuscripts, textiles, baskets, weapons and musical instruments. The articles, which were integral parts of daily life and whose forms date to Biblical times, reflect the pagan, Judaic, Christian and Islamic heritage of the country.

ETHIOPIA and its publication were sponsored in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Roth Fund.


On View: Jul 16, 1983 - Nov 25, 1983

Curator: Dr. Csilla Perczel

More Exhibitions


Arline Fisch

One of a Kind

Featuring jewelry, body ornaments and a collection of knitted and crocheted wire hanging flowers and sea creatures by internationally-renowned artist, Arline Fisch.

June 17, 2017 - January 7, 2018


Indonesian Shadow Puppets

An intimate exhibition in the Museum’s Theater Gallery featuring a selection of shadow puppets from Indonesia.

July 19, 2017 - March 18, 2018


Art of the Americas

Pre-Columbian Art from Mingei's Collection

Part of the Getty Center-led initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, this exhibition offers the most comprehensive presentation to date of the Museum’s significant holdings of objects used by people from the ancient cultures of Mexico, Central and South America.

September 16, 2017 - February 18, 2018



Recycled and Embroidered Textiles of Bengal

Featuring approximately 40 kantha (decorative stitched quilting made from recycled sari) from the Museum's permanent collection.

October 28, 2017 - March 25, 2018


Weaving a Path

Navajo Women and the Feminine Ethos

December 9, 2017 - May 20, 2018