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Processional Cross

15th century
Ethiopia, Central and Northern Highlands
Amhara or Tigrinya peoples
H. 10 1/4 x W. 5 1/2 in. (26 x 14 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Dr. and Mrs. Sidney G.Clyman Gift, 2008
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 351
Metal processional crosses have historically been cast through the lost-wax process, ensuring that each work is by definition a unique and original creation. Over the centuries, the inventiveness of Ethiopian metal casters in their representation of this central motif has known no bounds. In this example, a central lozenge is framed by a series of three concentric circles. Projecting from the top and sides of the outermost band's perimeter are crosses that suggest buds of vegetation.
[Milos Simovic, Trotsky Sanders Gallery, New York]; [Sam Fogg, Ltd., London, until 2008]

Simovic, Milos. "Art of Christian Ethiopia." Tribal Art vol. XII, no. 47 (Winter 2007–2008).

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