Antique Ethiopian Coptic Coin Silver “Fleury” Cross (E339DCE) $175

$175.00

Ht: 2.375″  W: 1.937″  | FREE SHIPPING!

This magnificent Ethiopian-Cross is a Fleury or floriated trefoil cross with the end of each arm splayed out into three pointed lobes with ends in decorative clusters of three bosses representing the Trinity. The body is embellished with parallel rows of small granulates resulting in a wonderfully textured surface. The bosses and granulates were added after the lost wax process, making this a remarkable and unique one-of-a-kind work or art.

The chain necklace is not included.

Description

No other region has produced the quantity, quality, and diversity as the Christian-cross from the Ethiopian-Highlands in Africa, an area renowned for its unique African-art and African-metalwork. This Fleury-Cross is a floriated trefoil cross which is a cross with the end of each arm splayed out into three pointed lobes with decorative clusters. The decorative clusters of three bosses on this pendant cross, its tri-partite designs and  repetition of the motifs on the arms three times represent the Trinity and reflects the relationship between God and humanity. The body of the cross is centered with a square and embellished with parallel rows of small granulates which results in a wonderfully textured surface. 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.

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Additional information

Period

Antique (1200-1920)

Date

19th Century

Materials and Technique

Coin silver

Dimensions (inches)

Ht: 2.375” Width: 1.937”

Dimensions (metric)

Ht: 6.03 cm Width: 3.34 cm

Weight

0.4

Weight Metric

11.34 gr

Condition

Excellent, fine patina demonstrating age and use

Reference Number

E339DCE

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