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June 13, 2013

What did Emperor Tewodros II look like?

Not like this - the image you see on T-shirts and walls all over Addis

Emperor Tewodros II

Or this

Emperor Tewodros II

Definitely not like this

Emperor Tewodros II

Here's the closest thing I've found to, if not a life study, then one directly from death. A sketch made soon after the fall of Magdala from a book of photos I found in a regimental museum. It's not how I expected him to look. But you can imagine him being Alamayu's father.

Emperor Tewodros II

Posted by aheavens at June 13, 2013 7:23 PM