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Ethiopian Silver Necklace Telsum & Cross

Africa Direct

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Ethiopian Silver Necklace Telsum & Cross
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Ethiopian Silver Necklace Telsum & Cross

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Product Information

Era:
Vintage; 1980s
Condition:
Good; some oxidation and tarnishing, dents
Country of Origin:
Ethiopia
Materials:
metal/glass/string
Size:
19" L x 1.75" W
Color/Finish:
silver
Care:
hand-wash

Why We Love This

Ethiopian silvertone necklace telsum and cross. Coptic cross pendant with green Czech Vaseline beads. As with many pieces of traditional Ethiopian jewelry, these small telsum pendants were worn as protective amulets. Specifically, triangular pendants were worn to guard against the evil eye and crescent-shaped pendants were worn to guard against the crescent moon.
As described by Africa Direct

About Africa Direct

Africa Direct, Inc. is owned by Elizabeth Bennett and Sara Luther. African art, trade beads and ethnic jewelry are both business and passion for Sara and me. We started buying African art twenty years ago as gifts for our children, four of whom are adopted and are African-American. We had been active in anti-apartheid politics for some time.