Antique Ethiopian Latin Cross (E331PCE)


This simple elegant Ethiopian Cross neck pendant is a plain Latin Cross, the universal symbol of Christianity, surmounted by a raised rounded cross in the center.  Although it is heavy with a distinct and massive feel, its soft edges and matted surface from years of wear impart a feeling of grace and warmth. Often crosses made prior to the 20th century in small villages by skilled local metal smiths were simpler, yet they are strikingly beautiful and powerful. Made using the lost-wax process, each is a one-of-a-kind work. The necklace chain is not included.


No other region has produced the quantity, quality, and diversity as the Christian crosses from the Ethiopian-Highlands in Africa, an area renowned for its unique African-art and metalwork The uniqueness of Ethiopian Crosses reflects influences of many ancient civilizations: Coptic, Celtic, Egyptian, Byzantine, Greek, and Roman. Ethiopia was the second country to make Christianity its official religion but remained isolated from Europe enabling the Ethiopian Orthodox Church to retain its early simplicity, purity, symbolism and practices of the earliest Christian culture’s. This simple elegant Ethiopian-Cross pendant is a Latin-Cross with a horizontal bar crossing a vertical bar, the universal symbol of Christianity. The prominent flat outline of the bordered cross has rounded corners and is surmounted by a raised rounded cross in the center. Made using the lost-wax technique from coin-silver with an attached suspension-loop allowing a chain or cord to be threaded through it, this cross with fine patina is a one-of-a-kind piece of African-jewelry. It is part of the VA Spiritual-and-Inspirational Collection of Christian-Art and Religious-Jewelry.

For information and bibliographic citations click here for the blog The Evolution and Brilliance of Ethiopian Crosses



Additional information

Place of Origin

Africa, Horn of Africa


Antique (1200-1920)


19th Century

Materials and Technique

Coin silver/alloy

Dimensions (inches)

Ht: 2.125” Width: 1.56”

Dimensions (metric)

Ht: 5.94 cm Width: 3.97 cm


.49 oz

Weight Metric

14.174 grm


Excellent, fine patina demonstrating age and use, no restorations/repairs

Reference Number

E331 PCE