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ETHIOPIA. Silver Hand Cross,   19th century,
pierced cross with rope design, with a similar decoration on the base,the central stem with 2 relief images of St. Michael the Archangel , silver metal, some wear, 11½ x 4½ ins.
Hand Crosses were used by the Priest for the blessing of Congregations. Silver ore does not naturally occur in Ethiopia, and so silver coinage of other nations were mixed with other metal to produce these sacred artewfacts

Stock ref: 12811