Vintage Ethiopian Coptic Cross Pendant (E302YBL)
H: 2” W: 1.625″ | FREE SHIPPING!
Old Ethiopian crosses often included circles. The etched circle with radiating arms in the center of this cross from Axum spiritually represents eternity and Christ’s halo, his infinite love, and resurrection. Circles also are “protective eye” symbols like the eye circles etched at the end of the arms and on the sides. Made of coin silver using the lost wax technique, it is a one-of-a-kind Ethiopian cross pendant. The chain necklace is not included.
No other region has produced the quantity, quality, and diversity as the Christian-cross from the Ethiopian-Highlands in Africa, an area renowned for having accepted Christianity early in its history and its unique African-art and metalwork. This vintage Ethiopian-Cross variant of a Coptic- cross and is often referred to as an Axum-Cross name from the area it was hand crafted. The hand etched circle with radiating arms in the center spiritually represents eternity and Christ’s halo, his infinite love and resurrection and is also an apotropaic symbol. The protective eye circles etched at the end of the arms and on the sides are believed to imbue the cross with special magic powers that are blessings and can repel evil forces and harm, Although new motifs and design elements have been added over time to this tradition, makers have retained the fundamental characteristics, forms, and common symbols in their individualized creations. 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 Spiritual-Jewelry.
For information and bibliographic citations click here for the blog The Evolution and Brilliance of Ethiopian Crosses
|Place of Origin||
Africa, Horn of Africa
Ht: 2” Width: 1.625”
Ht: 5.08 cm Width: 4.13 cm
|Materials and Technique||
Very good, patina and wear consistent with age and use