Processional Cross

Date: 15th century

Geography: Ethiopia, Central and Northern Highlands

Culture: Amhara or Tigrinya peoples

Medium: Copper

Dimensions: H. 10 1/4 x W. 5 1/2 in. (26 x 14 cm)

Classification: Metal

Credit Line: Purchase, Dr. and Mrs. Sidney G.Clyman Gift, 2008

Accession Number: 2008.22


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 summit and sides of the outermost band's perimeter are crosses that suggest buds of vegetation.