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Rosary beads

Seedpods - Before 1927

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Rosary made from seedpods

These rosary beads made from seedpods was donated to the Museum in 1927. They are used to count each prayer that is said as part of the Rosary. A Rosary is a form of prayer and is an element of Roman Catholic worship and the veneration of the Virgin Mary.

The seedpods that form this rosary are shaped like arrow-heads. At the bottom of the chain, four seedpods have been positioned pointing inwards, to give the impression of a Maltese cross. This style of cross design dates back to the era of the Crusades and is most famously associated with the Knights Hospitaller, who were based at Malta.

Museum object number REDMG : 1927.30.2

length 1095 mm

See related topic: World Collection: Belief