Antique Coin Silver Ethiopian Latin Cross (E332FCE) $195



This simple elegant Ethiopian-cross  pendant is a plain Latin Christian-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 Ethiopian 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 Africa Ethiopian-Highlands an area renowned for its unique African art and metalwork The uniqueness of these 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 cultures. 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.

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


Additional information

Place of Origin



Antique (1200-1920)


19th Century

Materials and Technique

Coin silver

Dimensions (inches)

Ht: 2.312” Width: 1.5”

Dimensions (metric)

Ht: 5.87 cm Width: 3.81 cm


.8 oz

Weight Metric

22.68 gr


Excellent, fine patina demonstrating age and use

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