Beads from a Rosary

Beads from a Rosary

early 1500s

Gilt copper with champlevé enamel

Average: 24.5 cm (9 5/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1952.277

Description

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.

See also
Collection: 
MED - Gothic
Department: 
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Enamel

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