African Art

Christian Processional Cross

possibly 13th–14th century

Copper alloy

8 3/4 x 5 1/16 x 11/16in. (22.3 x 12.9 x 1.7 cm)
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., Class of 1913, Fund
2010.214.1
Culture: 
Orthodox Tewahedo Church
Classification: 
Stained Glass
Geography: 
Made in Northern Lasta or Tigre province, Ethiopia
Status: 
On view*
Provenance: 

Milos Simovic, New York, unknown dates
Marc Ginzberg and Denise Ginzberg, Rye, New York, unknown date–2010

This piece was purchased by the Ginzbergs from Simovic. The Ginzberg collection was renowned for its focus on extremely high quality utilitarian non-figural African art. The bulk of the collection was auctioned at Sotheby's, Paris, in September, 2007, but Ethiopian crosses were retained and sold this year, except for this piece that the Ginzbergs held for our consideration, as we have had it on display since the opening of the Kahn building in December 2006.

Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions,” https://artgallery.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/Pub_Bull_acquisitions_2011.pdf (accessed March 1, 2012).

Jock Reynolds, “Director’s Report,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2011): 16–17, ill.

Frederick John Lamp, “Designs against Evil: An Ethiopian Orthodox Processional Cross,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2012): 114, fig. 2.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.