Italy, early 16th century
gilt copper with champlevé enamel, Average: h. 24.5 cm (9 5/8 in.). Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1952.277
Rosaries were devices for counting a sequence of prayers and were the proud possessions of the elite, along with their books of hours. In paintings and miniatures they are often shown looped through the belts of their owners.
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