The cross as an image of Christianity has been associated with
Ethiopia since the Aksumite emperor Ezana adopted the new faith
in the 4th century and issued
coins engraved with the symbol
that would spread the message.
The large processional crosses
with hollow shafts were mounted
on a long wooden stick and date
as far back as the 12th century.
Handcrosses belonged to the
individual priests, who presented
them to the faithful whenever they
met for the purpose of blessing.
12" x 5" - on satnd, it has a height of 13" , and the base is 3.5" square.