Hand Cross


Artist
Ethiopian (Ethiopian)
Date
circa 1970
Medium
Steel
Dimensions
Work : 7 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 1/4 in. (19.05 cm x 6.99 cm x 6 mm)
Credit Line
Gift of Neal and Elizabeth Sobania
Object Number
2018.25.41

Label
Hand crosses are carried by individual priests and monks and are used by them when administering benedictions or offering absolution of sins. They are typically made of metal or wood and their forms can range from simple to complex. Some hand crosses are made by priests and monks for their own use while others are made by skilled artisans who either sell them or give them to the clerics.