Ethiopia looks upon itself as an extension of the ancient 10th century BC Axum Empire, which is Sheba. According to the myth the Queen of Sheba went to Jerusalem to meet King Solomon, and returned pregnant with his son, Menelik. This is the source of the strong connections between the two countries. Ethiopia's cultural foundations originate in the Bible. Belief in the Solomonic dynasty continues through the 20th century, until the last emperor, His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah. The history of Ethiopia from the Axum Empire to modern times will be on display, providing a comprehensive history of all the geographical, religious, linguistic and social aspects.
The focal point of the exhibit will be the fascinating and riveting story of the Beta Israel community - the Jews of Ethiopia - and will concentrate of their ties with Jerusalem, until they immigrated to Israel.
The exhibition comprises selected work of art, ritualistic artifacts and costumes, illustrated manuscripts, music, musical instruments, cartography, photographs, ethnography, documentaries, etc.
Curator: Sara Turel
Scientific advisor: Prof. Hagai Erlich
Design: Architect Ori Glazer
Closes: June 10, 2013
Collection of Beit Hatfutsot