“It’s the viewer who makes the painting” Marcel Duchamp


Telsem online art gallery is the first, and currently, the only art ecommerce site with payment gateways, international shipping service and consulting service in Ethiopia.

Telsem ecommerce Site connects artists and their work with art enthusiasts and buyers. Our platform allows painters to showcase their work digitally and consequently tap into a wide market base. It includes all the features and functionalities that lets artists present their paintings in the best light possible. And on the other side, our platform presents all the information and functionalities buyers may require to make purchasing decisions. We make beautiful artworks accessible to buyers that may not otherwise have seen the light of day and make purchasing as easy as a click of a button.

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What is Telsem(ጠልሰም)

ጠልሰም ማለት አምሳያ፣ ተምሳሌት ፣ ቅርጽ ፣ ሐረግ፣ የክታብ ጽሁፍ ማለት ነው። ጥንታዊ የኢትዮጵያ የሥዕል ጥበብ አይነት ሲሆን ለህክምና፣ ከተያየ በሽታ ለመፈወስ፣ ከተለያዩ መናፍስት ለመጠበቅ የሚጠቀሙበት ነው።

Telsem(ጠልሰም) is a geez word which is translated as symobl, shape or illustration. It is an ancient and traditional Ethiopian art technique also used for different purposes such as: healing, protection and therapy.

Similar to “Talisman” it is ascribed with religious or magical powers intended to protect, heal or harm individuals for whom they are made. It could be applied in different ways including through herbal preparations, in the form of Kitab(magical scroll), by making nksat(tatoos) on the body or by creating Telsem(symbol or design ) on the façade of houses.