Pendant Cross (Primary Title)

Unknown (Artist)

late 18th-early 20th century
Ethiopian
silver, copper alloy
Ethiopia
Overall: 2 1/4 × 1 1/8 × 3/16 in. (5.72 × 2.86 × 0.48 cm)
2012.325
As a sign of faith and for personal protection, believers often wear a cross suspended from a cord, called a matäb, which is received at baptism. The tradition dates from the 15th century, when Emperor Zär’a Ya’eqob decreed that all Christians should wear crosses. These handsome works illustrate the diversity of design and craftsmanship characteristic of numerous local traditions.
From the Robert and Nancy Nooter Collection, Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund
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