German Double Sided Carved Bone ‘Wendekopf’ Rosary Bead with an Image of Christ Crucified and a Human Skull

A German Double Sided Carved Bone ‘Wendekopf’ Rosary Bead with an Image of Christ Crucified and a Human Skull
Fine worn smooth patina
16th Century

Size: 2.5cm high, 2cm wide, 2cm deep - 1 ins high, ¾ ins wide, ¾ ins deep


 
A German Double Sided Carved Bone ‘Wendekopf’ Rosary Bead with an Image of Christ Crucified and a Human Skull
Fine worn smooth patina
16th Century

Size: 2.5cm high, 2cm wide, 2cm deep - 1 ins high, ¾ ins wide, ¾ ins deep

 
Made for devotional use the function of these beads was to mark the beginning and end of a prayer cycle. Reminding the believer of his mortality, the paternoster or terminal bead on a rosary represents an act of inner contemplation. It is also evidence of the anonymity of death and perhaps of truths beyond the transient details of life.



 

German Double Sided Carved Bone ‘Wendekopf’ Rosary Bead with an Image of Christ Crucified and a Human Skull

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