Extremely rare priest hand cross from Addis Abeba, Ethiopia. Priests carry hand crosses in order to bless the faithful, or in order to be kissed crosses by the faithful. Therefore, hand crosses have to be light and easy to carry. They generally consist of three parts: the cross itself, the shaft and the base, which is to act as a counterbalance to the cross. Every Ethiopian priest has a hand cross (Meskel in Amharic) with which he blesses the faithful.The cross was hand-made by the lost-wax method, and is a unique piece. The oldest hand crosses are sometimes more than 1000 years old, like the Meskel in the last photo. The material used for these very old ones is almost always copper. Ever since the 18th century, alloys with other metals have been found. From the 19th century on, silver was increasingly used in such an alloy.
Material: an alloy of silver, copper and nickel.
- Sacerdote copto bendición cruz - meskel
- Fabricante / Marca
- Addis Abeba
- Periodo estimado
- Principios del siglo XX
- País de origen
- Buen estado - usado y con pequeños signos de los años y con imperfecciones
- 25×10.5×2 cm
- 300 g