Ethiopian Jewellery

This hair slide is from Ethiopia. It displays intricately detailed artistry.

The Beta Israel are a Jewish community that developed and lived for centuries in the area of the Kingdom of Aksum and the Ethiopian Empire, Most of the Beta Israel community emigrated to Israel in the late 20th century. They became well-known for their skill as silversmiths.

The Beta Israel lived in northern and northwestern Ethiopia, in small villages spread over a wide territory, alongside Muslims and Christians. They suffered religious persecution and a large number were forced into Christianity during the 19th and 20th centuries. The Beta Israel made contact with other Jewish communities in the twentieth century. Israeli officials decided in 1977 that the Israeli Law of Return was to be applied to the Beta Israel. At the end of 2019, there were 155,300 people of Ethiopian descent in Israel., more than half of whom had been born in Ethiopia. The Ethiopian Jewish community in Israel is mostly composed of Beta Israel.