Hand Cross (mäsqäl)
Arts of Africa
16 3/4 x 3 1/2 x 1/4 in. (42.5 x 8.9 x 0.6 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Eric Goode
Iron Ethiopian hand cross. Upper cross composed of diamond-shaped openwork design featuring silhouetted birds and crosses along its edges. Central shaft is cylindrical. At the middle of the shaft is a ridged section 1 1/4 in. long. Lower tablet is a rectangle. Each end of cross is coated with black patina.
Condition: Good overall. Upper cross and lower tablet covered in black patina made of organic materials.
This item is not on view
Amhara. Hand Cross (mäsqäl), 15th century. Iron, 16 3/4 x 3 1/2 x 1/4 in. (42.5 x 8.9 x 0.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Eric Goode, 2000.95.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2000.95.2_transp4762.jpg)
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