This paternoster is called a Pirate's Paternoster only because the large white bone skull has a small pewter skull earring. The 10 alternating beads are 12mm bone and 16mm red bamboo coral making this a Tenner.
There is a handmade coral credo cross (42x42mm) between the beads and the skull (20X27mm) which has 4mm coral eyes and a red tassel. It measures approx. 14" including the tassel and ring. Skulls were often used in rosaries to "Remember Death" during the Renaissance.
The alternating large and small bead arrangement was inspired by an original in a museum in Huy, Belgium which dates to c. 1250-1300 AD. Both are perfect examples where the "Our Father" and "Hail Mary" were recited in an alternating sequence.
CORAL - Called "Daughter of the Sea" supports the physical body by strengthening the energy core. It promotes love, healing, protection, peace and wisdom.
Elements: Water, Akasha
Deities: Isis, Venus and the Great Mother
Metals: Silver, Copper
Also available in black onyx and white bone with a black tassel.
Shipped in a velvet pouch.
A FREE Latin prayer booklet is included with each rosary purchase.
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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 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.
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