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Complete rosary of 12 beads, 3 faces, with crucifix pendant (chapelet)

Complete rosary of 12 beads, 3 faces, with crucifix pendant (chapelet)
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London, The Wernher Collection, Ranger's House (English Heritage)

88259343 (EE276)

Ivory;silver and turquoise (filigree beads of silver set with turquoises)

Height: 27mm (small beads); 44mm and 51mm (primary beads); 63mm (crucifix)

Heads including a pope, a cardinal and kings.
Crucified Christ (crucifix).
Foliated decoration.

Williamson 2002 and Museum's opinion 2009: France or Netherlands, c. 1520-1540.


Carved in the round.

The ivory ring served to attach the chaplet to the belt of its owner. The chaplet must have been restrung, as the larger beads should be at either end of the decade of smaller beads.

Collection of Sir Julius Wernher (d. 1912), Bath House, London; on loan to English Heritage and displayed at Ranger's House since 2002.

P. Williamson, 'Medieval Ivory Carvings in the Wernher Collection', in Apollo (May 2002), pp. 17-22 (p. 21, fig. 16).
P. Williamson and G. Davies, Medieval Ivory Carvings 1200-1550 (London, 2014), in relation to no. 166.


© The Wernher Foundation. Source: English Heritage Photo Library.

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