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60 Ethiopian Telsum Silver Prayer Boxes African

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Title 60 Ethiopian Telsum Silver Prayer Boxes African
Type of Object Necklace, amulets
Made In Ethiopia
Traded In Africa
Approximate Age Late 19th to early 20th century
Overall Condition Fair. Telsum are dented and weathered.
Bead Size Please see picture with penny for size comparison.
Strand Length 38 inches of beads, 52 inch strand.


Ethiopian Telsum Silver Prayer Boxes AFRICAN

Material:

Silver metal (unknown silver content)

Old handmade Ethiopian telsum prayer boxes strung on purple yarn.

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.