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Ethiopian Silver Metal Engagement Pendant African

Product #: 107162
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Title Ethiopian Silver Metal Engagement Pendant African
Materials Silver metal (unknown silver content), red beads are plastic.
Made In Ethiopia
Approximate Age 20th Century
Overall Condition Good.
Damage/Repair Tarnishing, dents and general wear.
Pendant Size 2 x 3.5 inches. See picture with penny for size comparison (US penny is 19 mm diameter).
Strand Length 21 inches (includes string/raffia)

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.

In the Ethiopian Orthodox (Tewahedo) Church, when a couple becomes engaged it is customary for the groom to present a necklace and a pair of earrings as a gift to his bride. Engagement necklaces often feature a rectangular pendant representing the Bible, decorated with a cross and a series of tapering conical attachments representing the Apostles.