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Christian Processional Cross

18th–19th century

Copper alloy

19 1/2 × 14 × 2 in. (49.5 × 35.56 × 5.08 cm)
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., Class of 1913, Fund
2010.223.1
Geography: 
Country Gondar, Ethiopia
Culture: 
Orthodox Tewahedo Church
Period: 
18th–19th century
Classification: 
Sculpture
Provenance: 

Dr. and Mrs. John Summerskill, Addis Ababa (at the time of collection, the couple left Ethiopia in 1970), c. 1968-2007; William Wright (son of Mrs. John Summerskill), Belle Mead, New Jersey, 2007-2010; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

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

Frederick John Lamp, “Designs against Evil: An Ethiopian Orthodox Processional Cross,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2012): 112–113, fig. 1A–B.

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.