ETHIOPIAN (COPTIC) CROSSES, ETHIOPIA

 

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Photographs © Hamill Gallery

ETHIOPIAN (COPTIC) CROSSES, Ethiopia

Ethiopia has been a Christian nation since the 4th C. and these cast silver crosses take three major forms. Those with hollow round bases were mounted on staffs and carried on staffs during processionals or displayed on altars. They can stand on their own or be mounted on bases. Medium-size crosses with no bases were hand carried during services. Small pendant crosses can be worn as jewelry. These are all 20th c., made of a copper alloy with silver plating and have been individually hand cast in Ethiopia.

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