German Small Carved Ivory Memento Mori Terminal Rosary Bead

A German Small Carved Ivory Memento Mori Terminal Rosary Bead in the Form of a Skull
Fine worn smooth silky patina
17th Century

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

 
A German Small Carved Ivory Memento Mori Terminal Rosary Bead in the Form of a Skull
Fine worn smooth silky patina
17th Century

Size: 2cm high, 2cm wide, 2cm deep - ¾ 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 Small Carved Ivory Memento Mori Terminal Rosary Bead

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