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Bead from a Rosary or Chaplet

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Bead from a rosary or chaplet formed of three half-length figures, addorsed and divided by panel with two holes at top, an amorous couple and skeleton.

Inscription

On moulded quatrefoil base, in Latin: O MORS QUAM AMARA EST MEMORIA TUA ("Death, how bitter it is to be reminded of you.")

Provenance

By 1957, M.H. Drey, Ltd., London, England; 1957, sold by Drey to the MFA for $1,000. (Accession Date: September 12, 1957)

Credit Line

William E. Nickerson Fund

1500–50

Dimensions

7.62 cm (3 in.)

Accession Number

57.589

Medium or Technique

Ivory or bone

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Religious and cult objects