Old African Shell Beads w Old Ethiopian Bronze Cross Pendant

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Very Good

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Country of Origin


Ostrich Shell and Bronze

Primary Material
Product Description
These are old ostrich egg shell beads cut to a fairly uniform thickness and diameter, hundreds of them strung on a long cotton string. As a central pendant there is a typical old Ethiopian bronze Christian cross. This would have been made for the Coptic Christians who until very recently were the majority religion in Ethiopia.

Ostrich shell has been used as bead material for a long time in the areas where they were available. These are a deep ivory or pale yellow color, either by nature or from an applied stain. These beads are flat smooth disks and are pleasant to the touch. They make a nice clicking sound when moved together and may have been used as prayer beads.

The clasp provided is probably the original hand-made hook and eye, apparently also of bronze or copper.

These are casually strung by an amateur, but are secure on the string and clasp.

Measurements: 26 inches long; Cross is 1.75 inches x 2.75 inches. Beads are 7.0 mm in diameter.
Materials Used
Ostrich shell and bronze
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Product Attributes

Size: 26 inches long

Pattern: Cross

Color: Yellow

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