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    Ethiopian Brass Hand Cross (Yaegg Masqal)

    Ethiopia
    19th century

    length: 21.2cm, width: 10.2cm, weight: 129g

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    Provenance

    private collection, Scotland.

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    This fine, pierced cross has been cut from several pieces of brass. It was made to be held in the hand and is known as a yaegg masqal.

    The cross is a pattee cross with flared arms that terminate with pierced quatrefoils. It is decorated on both sides with engraved line ornamentation and stamped with circles.

    The base is decorated with a square that ends in a trefoil and has a loop.

    The handle is squarish.

    The item as a fine patina.

    References

    Biasio, E., Majesty and Magnificence at the Court of Menelik: Alfred Ilg’s Ethiopia around 1900, Verlag Nueue Zurcher Zeitung, 2004.

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