- Museum number
Rosary of seven 'decades' of ten spherical wooden beads on a gold chain, each 'decade' separated by a larger wooden bead set in leaf pattern gold mounts and flanked by openwork gold filigree links in the form of crosses. From a crowned gold openwork monogram hang another gold link and three beads, and a gold mounted wooden cross inlaid with wood and mother-of-pearl. The other side is gold with the Instruments of the Passion.
- Production date
Length: 64 centimetres
Width: 3.30 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Text from catalogue of the Hull Grundy Gift (Gere et al 1984) no. 435:
Rosaries are used by members of the Roman Catholic Church to count off their prayers; they are normally arranged in 'decades' of ten beads, representing 'Pater Nosters'. The full Rosary devotion consists of fifteen decades, but sets of rosary beads consist of varying numbers of decades. See Thurston 1900-1 (particularly part 6, pp.634-35). See also Wilkins 1969.
Two similar rosaries are illustrated in Filigrana Ieri e Oggi (exhibition catalogue, Genoa, 1973), both with filigree crucifixes, one in silver-gilt, the beads and links both of filigree and described as 'Spanish', 18th century' (no.246), the other of silver, with similar filigree links spaced with wooden beads and described as 'Liguria, late 17th century' (no.247).
- On display (G46/dc11/p5/no30)
- Associated events
- Associated Event: Passion (Instruments of)
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: HG.107 (masterlist number)