Global Art & Artifacts

Coptic Christian Cross. Prayer. Blessing. Handmade. Abyssinian. Ethiopia

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This Abyssinian Cross reflects the elaborate style of Ethiopian crosses. The history of Christianity in Ethiopia is longstanding, dating back to the fourth century A.D.. At that time, King Ezana, ruler of Aksum, made it the court religion.

 

Ethiopian monarchs gave notable monasteries larger crosses, but just as intricate as this one.

 

Their elaborate and intertwined latticework represents everlasting life, the nature of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Craftsmen followed the basic shapes and patterns but each cross is different and subtle changes were incorporated by the metal workers.

 

The square at the base represents the Ark of the Covenant.

 

A true Christian symbol and an African work of art.

 

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