AUD $68.00
  • Sold Out! - Sorry.

Ethiopian, Earpick Pendant.

Sorry, this item is on hold. Should you still want it email us, it may still become available.

A doublesided hand cut out white metal earpick from Ethiopia.

Worn suspended from a cord, carried originally as a personal toilet aid for removing earwax.
Long, long before “cotton buds” there were these!

You’ll find many variations turning up in Nomadic and Tribal Jewellery, recognizable by both their spoon or spatula and size.
Often coming in sets on a ring like keys and in India you’ll have the offer made to clean your ears
(sometimes accompanied by crumpled references written by tourists, with quotes like “unbelievable experience!”)

The 3 mm suspension hole would allow you to use either a cord or possibly chain to wear it as a stylish pendant.
Like the Ethiopian Crosses we have, it has that distinctive sculptural quality that is often confused with Celtic Designs, there being very obvious similarities.
These are more though to do with the techniques, used in their manufacture, although the interlacing strapwork is very similar.
The design is etched or scratched into the surface then the negative areas are drilled and cut out.
The cut out cross at the top is, I think, a reference to a Gonder church window.

This piece is not terribly old but was second hand when collected in Ethiopia at the end of last century.
The alloy it’s made of is pretty hard and shows less wear than softer silver would.

For other similar pieces try EE100, EE101, and EE103 if they are still available.

Age: Mid/Late 20th Century.

Size: L 86 mm x W 23 mm.

Weight: 21 grams.