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 14mm black onyx making this a Tenner.
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.
There is a handmade onyx credo cross (42x42mm) between the beads and the skull (20X27mm) which has 4mm onyx eyes and a black tassel. Overall, it measures approx. 14" including the tassel and ring. Skulls were often used in rosaries to "Remember Death" during the Renaissance. It hangs approx. 13 1/2" not including the cord.
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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.
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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 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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