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Ethiopian Coptic Crosses

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    Fair Trade Coptic Crosses of Ethiopia. Christianity was established in the Ethiopian highlands as early as the 4th century. For over 1600 years Christian Ethiopians have worn neck crosses as a symbol of faith. The cross was suspended around the neck by a cotton blue cord called a “mateb” which was received at baptism. Jewelry wise, the cross is the most prized personal possession and most valued to collectors of all highland selections.The crosses are usually named from the region that they originate. The crosses feature various design styling from the simplistic Greek or Latin crucifix to the more elaborate with flared arms, trefoils, decorative projections, complicated openwork designing and patterns of interwoven lines symbolizing eternity. Hinges and crowns show the later influence of 19th century European medals. They are hand cast and made from a silver/nickel alloy.

    The Ethiopian cross is also made in a larger hand held model that is carried in religious processions, please email us for a availability for the hand version.

    Small cross dimensions: approx. 18-22cm high

    Medium cross dimensions: approx. 26-30cm high

    Large cross dimensions: approx. 39-43cm high

    Extra large cross dimensions: approx. 47-51cm high

    Shipping time approx. 3-5 days if in stock, please email us for current availability.  

    Craft Enterprises is a family owned business with a range of unique pieces sources from all over the world, with a particular emphasis on Africa. These pieces are authentic, handmade and have been produced from a sustainable resource. Many of the products are from communities that have hewn their craft over many generations and take pride in their intricate workmanship. By adding some of these hand selected pieces to your project, one is assured of an individual environment with a focal point which will be time enduring.

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