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rosary

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    WB.236

  • Description

    Rosary bead or prayer-nut, boxwood; carved; opening in two halves, upper one closed by two doors. On the outside of the doors, the Virgin in the Temple (left), Marriage of the Virgin (right); inside the same doors, Moses and the Brazen Serpent (left) and the Deposition (right). Inside the upper half of the nut, in deep and delicate relief, the Crucifixion beneath a vaulted roof, staged on several levels.
    The lower half of the prayer-nut is shut with one hinged flap which telescopes open, and is carved on both sides: on the front, The Annunciation with the words spoken by the Virgin and by Gabriel within the scene as scrolls; on the other side, The Nativity, with smaller scenes of the Circumcision, Presentation in the Temple and Christ among the doctors. Inside the lower half of the prayer-nut, carved in deep relief is the Bearing of the Cross. On the outside of both halves, Gothic tracery and flower-heads; suspension ring; inscribed.

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  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1500-1525 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 13.2 centimetres (open)
    • Width: 9.4 centimetres (upper doors open)
    • Diameter: 5.7 centimetres (upper half)
    • Diameter: 6.5 centimetres (lower half)
    • Diameter: 4.7 centimetres (upper half interior)
    • Diameter: 5.2 centimetres (lower half interior)
    • Depth: 3.5 centimetres (upper half)
    • Depth: 4.8 centimetres (lower half)
    • Weight: 55 grammes
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        lower half
      • Inscription Language

        Latin
      • Inscription Content

        SVSEPERVT' AVT IHESVM ET EDVXERT' ET BAIVLAS SIBI CRVCE EXIVIT
      • Inscription Comment

        John xix.16,17.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        door, lower half
      • Inscription Language

        Latin
      • Inscription Content

        ECCE ANCILLA DOMINI FIAT MICHI SECVNDVM VERBVM TVAM
      • Inscription Comment

        Luke i.38
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        insdie lower half
      • Inscription Language

        Latin
      • Inscription Content

        ET TV BETHLEEM TERRA IVDANE QVAQVAM MINIMES IN PRINCIBS IVD
      • Inscription Comment

        Matt.ii.6
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        outside lower half
      • Inscription Language

        Latin
      • Inscription Content

        ATTENDITE ET VIDETE SI EST DOLOR SIMILIS DOLO:
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        outside lower half
      • Inscription Language

        Latin
      • Inscription Content

        LEVEMVS CORDA NOSTR' CV MANIBS' AD DNNI' IN SELOS
      • Inscription Comment

        Previously incorrectly transcribed with U for V in all our records, until noted by Mark Baimbridge in 2009.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        upper part
      • Inscription Language

        Latin
      • Inscription Content

        TVAM CRVCE ADORAM' DNE TV[AM] GLORIOSA' RECOI PASSIOE
  • Curator's comments

    Provenance: None is recorded.

    Commentary: This is the most elaborate of the prayer-nuts in the Bequest, which can be compared with one in the Metropolitan Museum of Art which has two opening doors in upper half, but is nothing like as well carved (inv. no. 17.190.475).

    The similarities in the Bearing of the Cross scene on this nut (WB.236) and the one on another in the Waddesdon Bequest (WB.235) suggests they may have been made in the same workshop.

    Bibliography: Charles Hercules Read, 'The Waddesdon Bequest: Catalogue of the Works of Art bequeathed to the British Museum by Baron Ferdinand Rothschild, M.P., 1898', London, 1902, no. 236, pl.XLVIII; O.M. Dalton, 'The Waddesdon Bequest', 2nd edn (rev), British Museum, London, 1927, no.236; Hugh Tait, 'Catalogue of the Waddesdon Bequest in the British Museum. 1., The Jewels', British Museum, London, 1986, pp.51-56, figs.36-37; Dora Thornton, 'A Rothschild Renaissance: Treasures from the Waddesdon Bequest', British Museum, London, 2015, pp.162-167.Image: Group photograph depicts from left to right. the registration number: WB.236, WB.235, and WB.238.

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  • Bibliography

    • Read 1902 236 bibliographic details
    • Dalton 1927 236 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G2a/dc16

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1898

  • Acquisition notes

    This collection is known as the Waddesdon Bequest under the terms of Baron Ferdinand Rothschild’s will.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    WB.236

Rosary bead or prayer-nut, boxwood; carved; opening in two halves, upper one closed by two doors. On the outside of the doors, the Virgin in the Temple (left), Marriage of the Virgin (right); inside the same doors, Moses and the Brazen Serpent (left) and the Deposition (right). Inside the upper half of the nut, in deep and delicate relief, the Crucifixion beneath a vaulted roof, staged on several levels.   The lower half of the prayer-nut is shut with one hinged flap which telescopes open, and is carved on both sides: on the front, The Annunciation with the words spoken by the Virgin and by Gabriel within the scene as scrolls; on the other side, The Nativity, with smaller scenes of the Circumcision, Presentation in the Temple and Christ among the doctors. Inside the lower half of the prayer-nut, carved in deep relief is the Bearing of the Cross.  On the outside of both halves, Gothic tracery and flower-heads; suspension ring; inscribed.

Rosary bead or prayer-nut, boxwood; carved; opening in two halves, upper one closed by two doors. On the outside of the doors, the Virgin in the Temple (left), Marriage of the Virgin (right); inside the same doors, Moses and the Brazen Serpent (left) and the Deposition (right). Inside the upper half of the nut, in deep and delicate relief, the Crucifixion beneath a vaulted roof, staged on several levels. The lower half of the prayer-nut is shut with one hinged flap which telescopes open, and is carved on both sides: on the front, The Annunciation with the words spoken by the Virgin and by Gabriel within the scene as scrolls; on the other side, The Nativity, with smaller scenes of the Circumcision, Presentation in the Temple and Christ among the doctors. Inside the lower half of the prayer-nut, carved in deep relief is the Bearing of the Cross. On the outside of both halves, Gothic tracery and flower-heads; suspension ring; inscribed.

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