The Fetha Nagast (Ge’ez: ፍትሐ ነገሥት fətḥa nägäśt, “Law of the Kings”) is a legal code compiled around 1240 by the Coptic Egyptian Christian writer, ‘Abul Fada’il Ibn al-‘Assal, in Arabic that was later translated into Ge’ez in Ethiopia and expanded upon with numerous local laws. ‘Ibn al-Assal took his laws partly from apostolic writings, and partly from former law codes of the Byzantine rulers.
RTHEOS introduces traditional art pieces, essentially ancient works of art of Africa, whose choice and selection are based on the authenticity and aesthetic. The plastic appealing of these works, often remarkable, is systematically accompanied by a text describing the object and its origin. The authenticity of the objects, whose antiquity is undeniable, is an essential requirement to appreciate and apprehend this universal art.
Objects born of the raw material, worked by mankind, furrowed by weather, they have travelled down the ages. Forms compel their features as an evidence, source of a resonance of signs and symbols, fascination of imaginary where the objects have a soul.