Love Nest is a clay sculpture from the Ethiopian tradition. containing models of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, is a traditional wedding gift. Legend tells of the love affair between the wisest of kings and most beautiful queen. According to Ethiopian tradition, the two had a son, Menelik, who became emperor of Ethiopia. The box also has a practical purpose in preserving modesty between the married couple. When the wife is feeling amorous, she leaves the box open to indicate her desire to her husband.
MADE IN ISRAEL
At 15 years old, Tedeg made herself a doll using her mother's left over clay. When a passing tourist fell in love with her creation and offered to buy it, she knew she had found her calling to become an artist. Living with her family in a Beta Israel community in Gondar, Ethiopia, Tedeg went on to become an art dealer and lecturer in Gondar and Addis Ababa.
In 1991, married with 3 children, Tedeg realized her dream to immigrate to Israel. She arrived without the tools she needed to sculpt, and the challenges of acclimatizing to her new life took her off track. But after a 12 year break, during which she adapted to her new culture, learned the language and grew to understand the mentality, she returned to the art world she loved so much.
Today, Tedeg’s work is a reflection of her cultural heritage, her Ethiopian roots, and her desire to pass on her community’s traditions to the younger generation.