Ten 16mm sponge coral beads are linked with bronze wire loops and ends with a antiqued bone skull (20x16mm) and a large (43x25mm) bone cross. The piece measures approx. 15" including the tassel and ring.
Memento Mori jewelry, including rosaries, with its unflinching use of symbols of death and its purposeful message "Remember you must die" was widely worn in Western Europe during the sixteenth century and there is one skull rosary that dates back as early as 1250.
When the explorers got to the New World, they found skulls were also popular in the Aztec and Mayan cultures.
Shipped in a velvet pouch.
A FREE Latin prayer booklet is included with each rosary purchase.
We ship via USPS Priority Mail with insurance so that your package arrives in 2-3 days and you can track it on-line.
NOTE: Because of the antiquing process, bone beads typically emit a smoked scent. To reduce the aroma, rub beads with a sheet of fabric softener. Sizes, shapes and colors may vary with handcrafted items.
TENNERS - Tenners or Gebetskette Zehners (prayer chain with 10 beads) became popular in the 16th century. As the name implies, they were chaplets consisting of 10 beads. Sometimes another bead was added which was usually larger than the 10 beads and sometimes had bead caps and/or spacers separating it from the other beads. In addition to these beads there was a tassel, saint's metal, credo cross, crucifix or some kind of pendant. Often a number of these items were used in combination at the end of the prayer beads.
CREDO CROSS - The Apostle's Creed can be found in use as early as 6th century. By the end of the 12th century a decree was issued commanding the priests to urge the people to recite frequently the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed and the Salutations to the Virgin. The Creed was usually said on a cross form that was incorporated into the prayer beads and became known as the credo cross.
ONYX - Onyx is a stone of inner strength, focused attention, willpower, self-mastery, discipline and reason. It is a protective stone used in battles or conflicts of all kinds. It carries courage along with the "survival of the species" energy.
CORAL - Called "Daughter of the Sea" supports the physical body by strengthening the energy core. It promotes love, healing, protection, peace and wisdom.
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