Processional Cross

Central or Northern Highlands region artist

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304

Metal processional crosses have historically been cast through the lost-wax process, ensuring that each work is by definition a unique and original creation. Over the centuries, the inventiveness of Ethiopian metal casters in their representation of this central motif has known no bounds. In this example, a central lozenge is framed by a series of three concentric circles. Projecting from the top and sides of the outermost band's perimeter are crosses that suggest buds of vegetation.

Processional Cross, Central or Northern Highlands region artist, Copper, Central or Northern Highlands region

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