Meskel is an Ethiopian Orthodox Christian holiday churches celebrating the 4th century discovery of Christ’s cross by the Roman Empress Helena. In Catholic, Protestant and other churches, the holiday is named “Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.”

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  • Vintage Ethiopian Coin Silver Coptic Cross (E304YBL) $70

    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.


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