Coptic Cross, Ethiopia
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This cross was collected in Lalibela, Ethiopia in 1980 and dates significantly earlier. It is made with a copper alloy. Priests carry crosses during worship and gospel readings and for blessing the faithful who touch the cross to their forehead or kiss it as a sign of piety. Christian worship pervades centers like Lalibela "New Jerusalem," where it is estimated that 1,000 of the 7,000 inhabitants are priests.
H:24'' W:19'' D:2"
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