Amhara. <em>Hand Cross (mäsqäl)</em>, 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)

Hand Cross (mäsqäl)


Medium: Iron

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:15th century

Dimensions: 16 3/4 x 3 1/2 x 1/4 in. (42.5 x 8.9 x 0.6 cm)


Accession Number: 2000.95.2

Image: 2000.95.2_transp4762.jpg,

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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