Afterari Belay’s Ethnographic Museum

This is a typical aristocratic Tigrayan house. A wide open barn surrounded by stone walls that make up the compound’s fence is situated past the main gate.

The house itself is a one-story building with a dome-shaped central ceiling. The ceiling consists of large beams of wood, bamboo and grass of elephants. The building is supported by several non-free-standing columns. Double-arched wooden frame windows provide imperial grace to the building. It also has several false windows whose purpose is predominantly decorative, although they are commonly used as shelves and to place the traditional light source of kerosene-and-cord – kuraz. A number of horn hangers are firmly embedded in the wall as well.

Now inhabited by the descendants of an aristocrat of the 20th century–Afterari Belay–the building is a museum-like residence. Including kitchenware, pottery products, baskets, musical instruments, equestrian decorations, glassware, wood and leather chairs, it displays household paraphernalia.

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