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Silver Coptic Hand Cross from Ethiopia

Silver Coptic Hand Cross from Ethiopia

Regular price $175.00 USD
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One of the most recognizable symbols across the world this cross one is evidence of Christianity in Ethiopia. Cast in silver alloy from coin silver using the lost wax method the designs  vary in different regions and are generally named after towns or provinces where they are made.

Unusual for its doors that open on hinges to reveal beautiful handpainted  images of Mary and child Jesus surrounded by angels in the style of traditional Ethiopian icons.

Crosses such as this were used in church processions by priests during religious ceremonies or were held by pilgrims during processions.

 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.

  • 10 1/2"T   x  5"W when closed  x  6 3/4"W when opened
  • One of a kind
  • Handcrafted & hand painted
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