Flanders, Brabant (?), 16th century / Paternoster Bead / c. 1510-1520Flanders, Brabant (?), 16th century
Paternoster Bead
c. 1510-1520

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Creator Nationality: European; Flemish
Creator Name-CRT: Flanders, Brabant (?), 16th century
Title: Paternoster Bead
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1505
Creation End Date: 1525
Creation Date: c. 1510-1520
Creation Place: possibly Brabant
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: Boxwood
Dimensions: Overall: 5.8cm x 4.8cm
Inscriptions: inscription on lower half: SANCTVS SACRILEGI STAT IVDICIS ANTE TRIBVNAL; inscription on upper half: GAV DENSPRO CRISTO IACOBVS SVBDIT CAPVT ENSI.
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1961.87
Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
Rights: http://www.clemusart.com/museum/disclaim2.html
Provenance: Frederic Spitzer, Paris; Charles Stein, Paris; (Blumka Gallery, New York).
Context: Also known as prayer "nuts", objects like this were intended as the final and largest bead for a rosary, a device for counting a sequence of prayers. This bead-a masterpiece of miniature carving-depicts the life, trail, and martyrdom of St. James the Greater, to which the Latin inscriptions around the rim refers.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1961.87
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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