Ethiopian Antique Silver - Picture Collection 57

Mergaf ( square ) and Telsum ( triangular and crescent shaped ) Antique Silver Pendants
Protective talismen which often contain holy verses .. triangular Telsum are considered to offer protection against the evil eye - crescent shapes, protection from the power of the moon.
Production of the talented Oromo silversmiths of the Southern and Eastern Highlands.

Mergaf box pendant
39 x 48 x 8 mm
20 mm drop chain lengths

Mergaf boxes 28 x 32 x 8 mm -  18 mm drop chain lengths 

Telsum - triangular and crescent shaped pendants
17 x 18 x 6 mm           15 x 19 x 7 mm          17 x 20 x 7 mm

Antique Silver Neck Crosses
Neck Crosses are worn by Ethiopian Christians as symbols of their faith and are often  given as baptism presents.
With designs usually specific to the towns or provinces where they were made, they reflect
 a variety of historic influences  including Greek, Latin, Egyptian and Celtic.
They are traditionally cast using the lost wax method or cut from
Maria Theresa Talers ( dollars ) and other silver coins.

Aksum Cross
41 x 68 x 2 mm

Ear Picker
32 x 73 x 8 mm

Mateb Hinged Cross
39 x 73 x 2 mm

Ku Mauchu
Antique Silver Ear Pickers
Worn by Ethiopian men and used to clean the wax from their ears.
Their decorated handles often contain holy verses.
See page 298 in
Africa Adorned
Angela Fisher

Forget modern ear drops
try the antique Ethiopian way
... but carefully !

Picture Index

Aksum Cross
28 x 43 x 2 mm

Ear Picker
13 x 81 mm