A vintage Wollo Ethiopian box pendant 6cms x 5cms in excellent condition. More recently restrung.
Mid 20th century, a traditional style. These were used for engagement presents and marriage necklaces. The long beads are fertility symbols. The glass beads are typical for this type of necklace
Collected in the 1970s in Ethiopia, now getting rare to find.
Low silver content 800/1000 variable
A similar necklace is depicted in: Ethnic Jewelry, Dona Z. Meilach, 1981, page 33; and in Ethiopia Jewelry, E. Moore, Introduction brochure, page 6.
Length of necklace 18 ins or 46 cms
Weight 103 grams