Hand Cross (mäsqäl)


Medium: Silver

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:19th or 20th century

Dimensions: 11 1/2 x 3 3/4 in. (29.2 x 9.6 cm)



Accession Number: 88.192.4

Catalogue Description:
Ethiopian silver hand cross. Upper section of overall diamond shape pierced. Solid shaft has circular section and two vertical rows of nicklike incisions on each side. Down centers of sides are rows of incised Xs flanked on top and bottom by a dot and four horizontal lines. Shaft joins a two-part terminus consisting of a pierced, 4-lobed, diamond shaped elements and a square. The square has 3 circular vertical elements, a pierced interlace pattern, and a solid central area with an inscription in Ge'ez on one side and angel's head and wings on the other. Condition: Some tarnish; otherwise, good.

Brooklyn Museum