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Ethiopian Coptic Processional Cross Large African Art

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Title Ethiopian Coptic Processional Cross Large African Art
Type of Object artifact, Processional cross
Country of Origin Ethiopia
People Ethiopian Unspecified
Materials Silver alloy (unknown metal content)
Approximate Age probably 20th century
Dimensions 25.75 inches H. x 18.75 inches W.
Overall Condition Good
Damage/Repair slight pitting, dents

Ethiopian Coptic Processional Cross Huge

Additional Information: A large silver processional Coptic cross with intricate designs and round base. Cross is among the most visual symbols, and evidence of Christianity in Ethiopia. As a central religious motif the cross was made as a single piece or was associated with other visual arts.

Individual 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.

This cross is made out of silver alloy. The hollow round base on this cross was used to mount the cross on a wooden pole in order to easily carry the cross during procession or to display it on altars. The intricate designs on this cross are the same on both sides. This cross is of coptic style for its flared arms.