This chaplet design was inspired by one of the earliest extant skull rosary. The original is in a museum in Huy, Belgium and was found in a reliquary coffer. It dates to c. 1250-1300 AD. It is made of bone and has the same number of beads and other components as our reproduction. It is a perfect example where the "Our Father" and "Hail Mary" were recited in an alternating sequence.
Our version has 10 antiqued bone skull beads (12x10mm) alternating between 11 small (5mm) round bone beads. They are connected by metal links to a bone cross (24x14mm) on one end. A flat bone floral disc (16mm) and a metal ring with a hanging cord is on the other end.
It measures approx. 14" from top of metal ring to bottom of cross (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.
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.
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 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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