This charming Paternoster or small rosary features four decades of ebonised wooden ave beads. The Pater beads appear to be metal or silver plated and the silver coloured metal cross is embossed with an attractive pattern on one side and the crucified Jesus on the other.
The most striking part of this rosary is the carved "momento mori" bead which features a skull on one side and the face of Jesus on the other.
"Momento mori" are often found on the paternoster and rosaries of nuns and priests and would be used as a contemplative tool to remember ones mortality and also to symbolise Christs triumph of life over death.
This rosary also includes a small religious medal adornment.
The momento mori bead is in very good condition for its age. The rest of the paternoster is good but does show signs of many years of use and wear, including discolouration to the cross. Please see photographs for clarification
Measures: 14 1/2 inches long - scull measures 5/8 inch long
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