Pendant cross

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Label Text
Silver pendant crosses are worn in Ethiopia as professions of the Christian faith, a tradition begun in the 15th century with crosses of wood and other metals. The Maria Theresa thaler, an 18th-century Austrian coin popular in Africa in the 19th century, was often melted down and transformed into silver pendant crosses.
Provenance
Joseph and Patricia Brumit, Sun City West, -- to 2004
Credit Line
Gift of Joseph and Patricia Brumit
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National Museum of African Art Collection
Mid-20th century
Object number
2004-7-49
Ethiopian Orthodox
Topic
cross
Geography
Ethiopia
Medium
Silver alloy
Dimensions
H x W x D: 8.5 x 6 x 1 cm (3 3/8 x 2 3/8 x 3/8 in.)
National Museum of African Art
Type
Costume Accessory