Ethiopian copal bead and prayer tube necklace.
Length: Can be tied from about 23 inches up to 34 inches or so
Bead materials: Mixed Metals, Copal Resins
Metal Color: Silvery, Tarnished
Metal Finish: Unpolished
Focal: Prayer Tube
Focal Measurement: 2 Inches Across
Closure: Ties with Braided Yarn
Necklace made from Ethiopian components. This necklace is made from silvery, slightly tarnished mixed metal beads of various sizes and six nice amber colored copal beads. Closes with ties. Can be worn as short as about 23 inches and as long as up to 34 inches. Cylinder-shaped prayer tube in the center measures about 2 inches across. The jewelry of Ethiopia bears a close resemblance to that of the Saudi peninsula.
Telsum are triangular or crescent-shaped prayer boxes and are worn for their protective properties. The triangular pieces are believed to fend off evil spirits and the evil eye. The crescent-shaped pieces are worn as protection against the spells of the crescent moon. Some telsum are elaborately decorated and feature granulated designs and can be gold washed or gilded. Traditionally worn as necklaces strung on yarn or strips of cloth. Older pieces are often made of silver derived from the Maria Theresa thaler coins while modern versions are usually made of a nickel alloy.