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Antique Ethiopian Cross 5

Antique Ethiopian Cross 5

High grade silver Ethiopian cross, mid 20th century. Bail at top shows wear consistent with its age. Pattern repreated on back. Excellent patina ,northern Ethiopia

Wood Ethiopian Pillow

Wood Ethiopian Pillow

Handcarved and incised olive wood pillow headrest, from southern Ethiopia. Thes pillows are used not only to maintain elaborate the elaborate hairstyles of both men and women, but also prevent insects from entering the ears. Beautifully carved on both sides.

Antique Ethiopian Cross 3

Antique Ethiopian Cross 3

This stunning cross is fashioned from brass alloy, with a possible low silver content. Showing excellent patina and wear marks, the cross originates from the far north of Eathiopia and dates to the early 20th century.

Antique Ethiopian Cross 2

Antique Ethiopian Cross 2

High grade silver Ethiopian cross, early 20th century. May have originally been cut and fashioned from a Maria Theresa thaler. Bail at top shows considerable wear. Excellent patina

Antique Ethiopian Cross 4

Antique Ethiopian Cross 4

An Ethiopian wheel cross, consisting of a cross inside a circle, is one of the oldest symbols known to mankind and is frequently found in the symbolism of prehistoric cultures. This antique cross is fashioned from very high grade silver and has an excellent worn patina. The bail is almost worn through at the top but is sturdy and will present no problems to the wearer. Late 19th to early 20th century, northern Ethiopia.

Antique Ethiopian Cross

Antique Ethiopian Cross

High grade silver Ethiopian cross, early 20th century. Bail at top has worn through and is folded over to create a wearable pice of jewellery. Pattern repreated on back. Excellent patina