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6 Ethiopian Telsum Silver Prayer Boxes Africa

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Product #: 112310
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Title 6 Ethiopian Telsum Silver Prayer Boxes Africa
Type of Object Silver metal (unknown metal content), yarn
Made In Ethiopia
Traded In Africa
Approximate Age 20th century
Overall Condition Good. Some of our beads have traveled at least three continents, and have graced numerous owners. Small chips, corrosion, and pitting are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.
Damage/Repair Small dents and wear, tarnishing.
Bead Size 0.5 inches long. See picture with penny for size comparison.


Additional information: For more information, please see our comprehensive guide to African-made beads, African Beads: Jewels of a Continent, hardcover, 216 pages, 163 color photographs, available from Africa Direct.


As with many pieces of traditional Ethiopian jewelry, these small "telsum" pendants were worn as protective amulets. Specifically, triangular pendants were worn to guard against the evil eye and crescent-shaped pendants were worn to guard against the crescent moon.