Three Ancient Spiral Pendants – Oromo – Ethiopia


Three ancient spiral pendants from Oromo and neighbors, Ethiopia. Longitudinal spirals, copper alloys of different colors, forged. Good quality, pronounced signs of use.

n. 1: cm. 10,5; grams 41,8;
n. 2: cm. 9,5; grams 75,4;
n. 3: cm. 9,0; grams 51,7.

Used in the cult of Gada. The spirals indicate an owner status. For similar examples and more informations see Wilfried Glar, Die Oromo.

The Oromo people are a Cushitic ethnic group and nation native to Ethiopia who speak the Oromo language. They are the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia and represent 34.5% of Ethiopia’s population.


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Weight300 g