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.
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