This paternoster is called a New World rosary because it appears to be made of turquoise which was a popular stone in the Americas during the exploration of the New World during the 16th Century.
It is made of 12mm round beads, a small equal arm onyx cross, an 18x14mm skull. (These were sold to me as turquoise but I believe they may be dyed magnesite.) It ends with a black tassel and measures approx. 14" including the black tassel and ring.
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.
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.
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