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Ethiopian Processional Cross

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An intricately cut out brass alloy Coptic Christian Cross.
Cut from a sheet of metal, the design first scribed, then holes drilled and sawn into shape and filed.
Fitted to a long conical tube to house a wooden shaft, to be held in Ceremony or carried in Procession.
This cone has a 33 mm diameter, while a hole to house the shaft tapers from 22mm diam.

Can easily and elegantly be displayed upright from a secure base, using a wooden dowel.
The surface has a weathered slightly brassy/silverish patina with many dark scratches, and would only neeed a rub with a dry cloth ocassionally to bring it up a bit.
There appears to be some confusion in the design, where the circle meets the square, possibly a repair or mistake, perhaps (see 2nd image, on right.)

How often have I heard the public muttering about these crosses being Celtic, (the similarities are obvious, but I think all cultures who worked with thonging and basketry, could have come up with these designs.)
Often designs are transposed from earlier techniques.
Like basketry designs used in turn painted on pottery, before they had metallurgy, then inherited again in the newer medium.
A continuity of earlier traditions and styles, the Tibetan “endless knot” being another example.

Age: Early/Mid 20th Century

Size: L 262 mm x W 138 mmm

Weight: 297 grams.