Bead from a Rosary or Chaplet

1500–50


Dimensions

7.62 cm (3 in.)

Accession Number

57.589

Medium or Technique

Ivory or bone

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Religious and cult objects

Bead from a rosary or chaplet formed of three half-length figures, addorsed and divided by panel with two holes at top, an amorous couple and skeleton.

Inscription

On moulded quatrefoil base, in Latin: O MORS QUAM AMARA EST MEMORIA TUA ("Death, how bitter it is to be reminded of you.")

Provenance

1957, sold by M. H. Drey, Ltd., London, to the MFA for $1,000. (Accession Date: September 12, 1957)

Credit Line

William E. Nickerson Fund