A small, light weight, and simple all-M.O.P. Catholic rosary, probably fabricated in the Holy Land between 1900 and 1920. Carved crosses from Bethlehem were typically more intricately carved, but the rustic, log-like ones such as this usually originated in Jerusalem.
15 1/2" stretched out straight, including the 1 3/8" pearl crucifix (which is cut from a thin slab about 3/64" thick); MOP beads are 1/4"-3/8", and all are present. The beads have a slight yellowish patina from years of fingering, and the cross' crudely engraved Christ is now also just faintly legible from handling.
Specialists in Mother of Pearl (M.O.P.) and other nacreous shell, both artifacts and raw materials.
Pearlescence and chatoyance predominate, with occasional amber, linens, china, and select "smalls".