Ethiopian crosses are symbols of Christianity in Ethiopia and Eritrea. Their elaborate, stylized design is markedly distinct from the similar European Christian crosses. Ethiopian crosses are almost always made from elaborate latticework, the intertwined lattice represents everlasting life. No two crosses are exactly identical in style, the artisans who make them being allowed the freedom to exercise a measure of individual taste and creativity in their choice of shape and pattern. Crosses may be of the processional type with a socket at the base so they may be mounted on a staff and carried in church ceremonies or hand-held blessing crosses used by priests in benedictions.
Brass, latticework processional cross ( socketed for staff ) from Amhara Region, mid 20th century.
Brass, latticework processional cross ( socketed for staff ) latticework reminiscent of Celtic knot-work, Amhara Region, mid 20th century.
Ethiopian Orthodox priest holding golden blessing cross, Church of St. George, Lalibela, Ethiopia.
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