Seal of Ethiopia

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Seal of Ethiopia
Emblem of Ethiopia.svg
Introduced 1996
Heraldic shield Pentagram

The Ethiopian seal has been in use in this form since 1996 .


The seal represents a golden pentagram with five golden rays on a blue disk. The pentagram represents the unity of the peoples and nationalities of Ethiopia.


According to tradition, the pentagram goes back to the seal of King Solomon , who plays a special role for the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church , since they consider the old Ethiopian emperors to be descendants of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba . The last Emperor Haile Selassie described himself as the 225th successor to the son of the Queen of Sheba.

The older coat of arms of Ethiopia showed the lion of Judah , also a reference to Christian traditions. The origin of the lion probably goes back to the legendary priest king Johannes . He appeared in the coat of arms of the empire and in the three seals of the republic.


  • Karl-Heinz Hesmer: Flags and coats of arms of the world. History and symbolism of the flags and coats of arms of all states. Bertelsmann Lexikon Verlag, Gütersloh 1992, ISBN 3-570-01082-1 .

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