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Hand Cross (mäsqäl)

Arts of Africa

  • Place Made: Ethiopia
  • DATES 15th century
    DIMENSIONS 16 3/4 x 3 1/2 x 1/4 in. (42.5 x 8.9 x 0.6 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 2000.95.2
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Eric Goode
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION 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)
    IMAGE overall, 2000.95.2_transp4762.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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.
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