A vintage Wollo Ethiopian box pendant 6cms x 5cms in excellent condition.
Mid 20th century, a traditional model. It is around 800 parts silver 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.
largely good 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