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Coptic Cross finial ‘obtained from an Abyssinian soldier at Magdala’

Published / by Andrew Heavens / Leave a Comment

What: An Ethiopian Orthodox cross – possibly taken from the top of a church

Where: The National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 4HT

This is possibly a cross from the top of an Ethiopian Orthodox church – there is no image in the database and it is not on show.

The database entry describes: a “Coptic Cross finial, 1868 (c); Abyssinian iron cross with trefoil lozenge points to cross, cut from sheet metal, with cylindrical stem and rectangular flange at bottom and lower terminal trefoil as on arms; obtained from an Abyssinian soldier at Magdala”.


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