Vintage Ethiopian Coin Silver Coptic Cross (E304YBL) $70

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H: 2.75”  W: 1.625″ | FREE SHIPPING!

This elegant Ethiopian cross displays the distinctive tri-partite design features of Coptic crosses with its rounded horizontal arms and bottom that symbolize the significance of the Trinity in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Made in the Ethiopian Highlands, the top section contains a portion of a circle. In Coptic beliefs, circles symbolize eternity, Christ’s halo, and the infinite nature of His love. A small thin cross is enclosed in the center and is interwoven with the geometric elements. The circles are apotropaic symbols to repel evil forces and avert the “evil eye.” The criss-cross pattern at the end of the arms of the inner cross are a “demon trap” to repelling malevolent creatures who become trapped in their infinite pursuit to follow the lines.  The cross is skillfully and beautifully designed with finely etched details on the front and some detailing on the back. Made using the lost wax technique, it is a one-of-a-kind pendant in very good condition with normal signs of wear consistent with age and use. The chain necklace is not included.

 

Description

This elegant Ethiopian cross displays the distinctive tri-partite design features of Coptic crosses with its rounded horizontal arms and bottom that symbolizes the significance of the Trinity in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church tradition of Christianity. It is surmounted with a suspension loop and its partial circle on the top symbolizes eternity, Christ’ s halo, and the infinite nature of His love. The small thin cross in the center is interwoven with the geometric elements that add further spiritual power. The pendant has apotropaic symbols such as circles imbue the cross with special magic powers that can add blessings and protective powers to repel evil forces and harm, deflect misfortune and avert the “evil eye.” The never ending knot pattern at the end of the arms are a “demon trap” by repelling malevolent creatures who are believed to become trapped in their infinite pursuit to follow the lines. Called meskel in Ge’ez, the liturgical language of the Ethiopian church, pendant crosses are worn in various sizes by all Ethiopian Christians but are especially revered by women. They are usually presented to newborns at baptism and become a valued and cherished possession passed down through generations. Many like this are decorated on both sides with both etched, soldered, and punctate designs, and they are often worn lifelong round their owner’s neck.

 

Additional information

Place of Origin

Africa

Date

1930-1950

Materials and Technique

Coin silver

Dimensions (inches)

Ht: 2.75" W: 1.625"

Dimensions (metric)

Ht: 6.875 cm Width: 4.29 cm

Weight

.7oz

Weight Metric

19.85 gr

Condition

Very good, patina and wear consistent with age and use

Reference Number

E304YBL

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