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… Continue reading

Scimitar. Curved Blade Sword. Knife. Sheath. Belt. Ethiopia

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    For you Ornithologists out there, I am not talking about the black scimitar-bill from Ethiopia, I am referring to the Middle Eastern scimitar . . . a sword or knife.   Scimitar is a generic name for a Arabic sword with a curved blade. Its shape is… Continue reading

Antique Shotel Sword with Wood Grip and Leather Scabbard. Ethiopia. Africa.

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    A shotel is a curved double-edged sword originating in Ethiopia or Abyssinia. The Ethiopian swordsmen who were trained in using this weapon were known as shotelai. The curve on the shotel’s blade varies from the Persian shamshir.   Battle use of the Shotel involves “hooking” attacks both against… Continue reading
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