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    Ethiopian Iron Hand Cross (Yaegg Masqal)

    circa 17th century

    height: 23.5cm, width: 9.5cm, weight: 116g



    private collection, Scotland.

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    This fine cross has been cut from a single piece of iron. 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 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 quatrefoil. It too is decorated on both sides.

    The handle is rounded.

    The item as an excellent patina.



    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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