Pater Noster Rosary, Middle Ages Style with Memento Mori & Tassel


This is a paternoster rosary, a style of prayer beads that pre-dates the Dominican or Fransciscan rosary of 5 decades that we are used to seeing. This set incorporates memento mori skulls and a red tassle in a style dating back to Middle Ages' men's paternosters.

In past times it was common to include symbols to remind the user that life is short, which became known as "memento mori". That translates as "remember your death" or "remember you are mortal", and is intended to remind people to make the most of life. You can read about memento mori here.

This paternoster is made with carved & etched agate beads, about 10mm round. Agate is a hard durable stone that has been used in prayer beads for centuries, as well as for household utensils, weapons and jewelry. The surface of these beads has an interesting texture when you run them through your fingers.

The beads are linked with stainless steel for extra strength, so this little rosary is suitable for rugged hands.

At one end of the strand is a silver pewter cross. At the other end of the strand is a red silky tassel in an ornate holder. A memento mori marble skull sits at each end, next to an angel with a small heart charm on one side and a consecration-style cross on the other.

In the middle ages, it was common to include such symbols in rosaries and paternosters, as well as personal items such as special jewels or reminders of events. The tassel was especially common, and one lovely story tells how it was added to wipe the tears of the person praying.

Length: 57cm / 22.5 inches;
Cross: 3.75cm / 1.5 inches;
Tassel: 6cm/ 2.5 inches.

This unique paternoster rosary comes in a handmade pouch to keep it in, along with a card explaining the symbols used in it, and will be attractively packaged. Ideal for personal prayerful use, it would make a thoughtful gift.

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Memento Mori Collection
Living History Collection
Pocket Rosaries, Niners & Tenners



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