OBJECTS IN FOCUS
Abyssinian Warrior’s Leopard Skin Cape
Some of you may have learned more about the Abyssinian Campaign at our recent talk. This cape or lembd, was created for ceremonial purposes. It was placed upon Sir Robert Napier RE by Kasa, John on Tigree at the conclusion of the treaty which ended the war in Abyssinia (modern day Ethiopia) in 1868. The War had originally started because the Abyssinian King (Tewodros, or Theodore) had imprisoned British diplomats. Napier was put in charge of a large British force that traversed a rugged and inaccessible Ethiopia to take the capital, Magdala and rescue those held captive.