Authentic Tribal art object from Africa.
Coptic Ethiopia alloy cross pendant.
4 x 2,9 cm
Ethiopian Crosses are symbols of Christianity in Ethiopia. They are distinguished by their intricate lattice work and their variety of influences from Celtic to Egyptian.
Small crosses worn on the neck have been part of Ethiopian culture and the Ethiopian Orthodox Church for hundreds of years. Historically made from wood, bone, leather and carved stone, the 19th century saw the use of silver coins and silver alloy metals become the more popular tradition. In early examples, crosses were simply cut from large coins such as the Maria Theresa Thaler or the Emperor Menelik Dollar. More commonly, the silver coins were melted down and a neck cross was cast in the lost wax method. Old crosses often incorporate a circle into the motif, often at the center of the cross. The circle is believed to represent the Eternal and Everlasting Love of God, as shown through Christ’s Crucifixion, Christ’s Halo and Resurrection. Young crosses contain other metals, like nickel and copper.
ROOTZ gallery product code: PEND