Bedros Sevadjian, who was of Armenian descent and one of the citizens of Ethiopia’s capital of Addis Ababa, made a golden tray portraying Emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie on display at Buckingham Palace, writes The Armenian Weekly.
The Armenian jeweler’s work is on display as part of the collection of items that the Queen of England has received as gifts from different countries around the world. The Ethiopian emperor commissioned the gold tray as a gift to Queen Elizabeth during her state visit to Ethiopia in 1965.
“I was just 10 years old when Queen Elizabeth II of England visited Ethiopia. In Addis Ababa, we were given the day off school when she arrived, so that we could line the streets and cheer, armed with little Ethiopian and British flags. Some Armenian girls, from The English School, went in Armenian daraz (national dress). My father was commissioned to make the gold tray to be presented to the Queen during her visit,” the jeweler’s son says, adding that the Queen’s visit was a very important visit for Ethiopia.
The tray is made from pure gold from the Adola Mines in the south of Ethiopia. It measures about 50 x 80 cm and weighs about 14 kg. The golden tray portrays the crown of the emperor of Ethiopia and the British crown.
Bedros Sevadjian was one of the most famous jewelers of the royal family of Ethiopia. In addition to the “Ethiopian gold tray”, Sevadjian also made several other gifts for diplomats.