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Hand Cross

Arts of Africa

CULTURE Amhara
MEDIUM Iron
  • Place Made: Ethiopia
  • DATES 19th or 20th century
    DIMENSIONS 9 1/4 x 3 1/4 in. (23.4 x 8.3 cm)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 88.192.9
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Franklin H. Williams
    CAPTION Amhara. Hand Cross, 19th or 20th century. Iron, 9 1/4 x 3 1/4 in. (23.4 x 8.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Franklin H. Williams, 88.192.9. Creative Commons-BY
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Upper section in the shape of a Maltese cross with an X incised at the crossing and, on each arm, a circle with a dot in the center. At the end of each arm is a bar extending beyond the arm with the same circle and dot design on each end. A four-lobed element rests on each of these bars. The shaft is plain and terminates in a rectangle below which, four lobed elements are again placed. One side of the rectangle has an incised central design of a square with dots at the four corners, inset with an X and four more dots. Condition: Good with the exception of some tarnish.
    RECORD COMPLETENESS Meh (26%)
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