Beads from a Rosary

early 1500s
Average: 24.5 cm (9 5/8 in.)
Weight: 65.58 g (2.31 oz.)
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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.
Beads from a Rosary

Beads from a Rosary

early 1500s

Italy, early 16th century

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