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Lot 0183
**Originally Listed At $150**

Africa, Ethiopia, ca. 19th to 20th century CE. A pretty silvered bronze processional cross with elaborate lattice work patterns and repeated crosses that run along its vertical axis. A pretty example, replete with an elaborate design, its ornate aesthetic reflecting the richness of Ethiopian Christianity. Size: 2.4" W x 9.3" H (6.1 cm x 23.6 cm)

Ethiopian Christianity is one of the most distinctive traditions of the religion, earlier than much of the rest of Africa thanks to missions from the 1st century until the 4th century, when St. Frumentius of Tyre converted King Ezana. As a result, Ethiopia developed a distinctly African form of Christianity. Geometric designs are characteristic of Ethiopian art, the intertwining lattice style possesses layers of meaning and suggestions of order particular to the culture, symbolizing eternal life and relating to the nature of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

Provenance: private Ventura County, California, USA collection

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Light tarnish on surface, with small pitted areas that are casting flaws.

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19th C. Ethiopian Silvered Bronze Processional Cross

Estimate $250 - $375Apr 30, 2018