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Rosary

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During the Middle Ages, rosaries were used by the religious orders and lay public to assist in the recitation of the Lord's Prayer. Known as paternoster beads, each strand consisted of 150 beads-one bead representing a Psalm. By the mid-twelfth century, prayer beads were also used in the recital...

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Provenance

1902, bequest of William Arnold Buffum to the MFA.

Credit Line

Bequest of William Arnold Buffum

South German, mid-17th century

Object Place

Southern Germany

Dimensions

65.5 cm (25 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

02.224

Medium or Technique

Silver, silver gilt, amber, painted ivory, and glass

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Religious and cult objects