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Throne of Emperor Haile Selassie

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Throne of Emperor Haile Selassie

The Throne of Emperor Haile Selassie was used by Haile Selassie I (1892 – 1975), who was Ethiopia’s emperor from 1930 to 1974. He came to global prominence at the League of Nations in 1936, the emperor condemned the use of chemical weapons by Italy against his people during the Second Italo–Ethiopian War. His internationalist views led to Ethiopia becoming a charter member of the United Nations, and his political thought and experience in promoting multilateralism and collective security have secured his legacy.

Selassie on Time Magazine cover 1930

Cover of Time Magazine, 1930

Haile Selassie was a member of the Solomonic Dynasty, and among the Rastafari movement, Haile Selassie is revered as the returned messiah of the Bible. Beginning in Jamaica in the 1930s, the Rastafari movement perceived Haile Selassie as a messianic figure. Haile Selassie was an Ethiopian Orthodox Christian throughout his life, and he is a defining figure in Ethiopian history.

The 1973 famine in Ethiopia led to Haile Selassie’s eventual removal from the throne. He died in 1975 following a coup d’état.

Throne of Emperor Haile Selassie

  • Title:                        Throne of Emperor Haile Selassie
  • Museum:                National Museum of Ethiopia
  • City:                         Addis Ababa


“He who knows much does not speak much.” Ethiopian Proverb



Photo Credits: 1) By Richardal (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons 2) By Cover credit: International [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons