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Medieval visitors to Jerusalem often remarked on the presence of Ethiopians at the Holy Sepulchre, where they maintain a chapel to this day. Openwork metal crosses are emblematic of Ethiopian ceremony. When used in procession, they are affixed to a wood pole and embellished with colorful cloth bands attached to the loops at the bottom. Each year, Ethiopian Christians, in both Jerusalem and their homeland, celebrate the Feast of the Cross, called Meskel, emphasizing their connection to the Holy Land.

Cross, Copper, Ethiopian

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