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3 Ethiopian Coptic Hand Crosses African Art

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Title 3 Ethiopian Coptic Hand Crosses African Art
Type of Object Artifact
Country of Origin Ethiopia
People Ethiopian
Materials (unknown metal content)
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 9.5-10.5 Inches
Overall Condition Fair
Damage/Repair Cracks, chips and a well worn patina

Additional Information:

Crosses such as this are cast or carved in different style, designs, and size. These are hand cut from various metal: silver, iron, gold, and brass and cast using the lost wax method. Ethiopian crosses are also made out of wood. Designs are as varied as the regions and crosses are generally named after towns or provinces where they are made. The use of these crosses is essentially religious. Small crosses are worn by men and women as pectoral or neck pendants. For more than 1600 years, Ethiopians have worn neck crosses. Most often, they are given at baptism and are worn as badges or symbols of their faith. Large crosses such as this were used in church procession by priests during religious ceremonies. They were also held by pilgrims during processions.