Ethiopian Antique Silver - Picture Collection 57

Mergaf ( square ) and Telsum ( triangular and crescent shaped ) Antique Silver Pendants
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Protective talismen which often contain holy verses .. triangular Telsum are considered to offer protection against the evil eye - crescent shapes, protection from the power of the moon.
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Production of the talented Oromo silversmiths of the Southern and Eastern Highlands.

Mergaf box pendant
39 x 48 x 8 mm
20 mm drop chain lengths

Mergaf boxes 28 x 32 x 8 mm -  18 mm drop chain lengths 

Telsum - triangular and crescent shaped pendants
17 x 18 x 6 mm           15 x 19 x 7 mm          17 x 20 x 7 mm

Antique Silver Neck Crosses
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Neck Crosses are worn by Ethiopian Christians as symbols of their faith and are often  given as baptism presents.
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With designs usually specific to the towns or provinces where they were made, they reflect a variety of historic influences including Greek, Latin, Egyptian and Celtic.
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They are traditionally cast using the lost wax method or cut from
Maria Theresa Talers ( dollars ) and other silver coins.

Aksum Cross
41 x 68 x 2 mm

Ear Picker
32 x 73 x 8 mm

Mateb Hinged Cross
39 x 73 x 2 mm

Ku Mauchu
Antique Silver Ear Pickers
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Worn by Ethiopian men and used to clean the wax from their ears.
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Their decorated handles often contain holy verses.
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See page 298 in
Africa Adorned
by
Angela Fisher

Forget modern ear drops
try the antique Ethiopian way
but carefully !

Picture Index

Aksum Cross
28 x 43 x 2 mm

Ear Picker
13 x 81 mm

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