OOAK - Amber Skull Paternoster - Onyx Tenner - Memento Mori

$89.00

This one of a kind string of prayer beads consists of ten onyx increasing in size from 12mm to a large 18mm round bead making it a "tenner" or "zehner" style paternoster.

The most outstanding feature is a huge (26 x 24mm) real Baltic amber bead carved into a skull with a black tassel. The other end has an metal ring with a cord for hanging from a belt or girdle.

Historically, skulls were popular on rosaries to "Remember Death" and that this life is only temporary. Amber was one of the most popular substance for paternosters during the Renaissance.

It hangs approx. 13" not including the cord.

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.

AMBER is the oldest substance for human adornment and one of the most popular substances used for paternosters during the Renaissance. (Copal amber is Young Amber in an intermediate stage of polymerization. In other words, it is unfossilized.) Believed to contain solar energies, offers luck, healing, strength and protection to the wearer.

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.

See more like this in our Rosaries and Paternosters Section!

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 16th century. A constant reminder that life is temporary and heaven should be the ultimate goal, its intention was to encourage virtuous living.

Tenners or Gebetskette Zehners (prayer chain with 10 beads) became popular in the 16th century. As the name inplies, 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.

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  • North America : 2 - 3 business days

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