Rosary with a Pendant in the Form of the Head of St John the Baptist and with a Cross Amber, silver and cotton; carved, engraved, gilded and filigreed. L. 14 cm, diam. of icon 2.7 cm, l. of cross 4.5 cm Western Europe. 16th century
Late 15th Century: 53 smooth bone beads and your choice paternosters, either intricately carved cut-work bone beads which have a "woven" appearance or antiqued carved bone skull beads, 5 of these carved beads separate 50 of the smooth beads into decades. A brown colored tassle with 3 antiphon beads hangs from the center carved bead. It is approximately 23" in circumference and when divided in half it hangs approximately 15" including the tassel.
We found this Paternoster in a diptych by Rogier van der Weyden. Philippe de Croy, a young nobleman in the court (headquatered at Brussels) of the Duke of Burgundy, Philip III, is depicted adoring a vision of The Virgin and Child. He holds a linear Paternoster, composed of silver and gold beads, a tassel at one end and a Crucifix on the other. It was painted in about 1460, when Philippe was 25 years old. $75
Paternoster, ca. 1600 CE, possibly from Milan, with rock crystal and gilded silver pieces, and gilding on the rock crystal (verre eglomisé). 28.5cm long, Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Geistliche Schatzkammer. Inv.-Nr. SK_GS_D_184.