Renaissance Era Style Rosary with Memento Mori, Swarovski Pearls


This large-size rosary is made with Swarovski pearls and features Memento Mori skull beads for the Paters. Memento Mori were popular additions to rosaries in earlier centuries, reaching their height of craftsmanship in the Renaissance era.

Memento Mori (meaning "remember you are mortal") is the name given to symbols of mortality, often skulls heads, and were intended as a reminder of how brief earthly life is. Their purpose was to remind folk to make the best of their life, and to help keep them on the straight and narrow path for fear of heavenly judgment.

I've used 10mm round Swarovski pearls for this rosary, in a wine-red color called bordeaux. The Memento Mori are white howlite, about 12mm tall. All the beads are hand-linked with bronze rosary wire so the rosary is both sturdy and flows well through the hands in prayer.

The center in this rosary is a traditional ornate style of the Virgin Mary, known as the Miraculous Medal. Please see last photo in the gallery for picture of current center medal.

The Eucharist crucifix, also in bronze, shows the chalice at the bottom, the Angel Gabriel on the left, the Virgin Mary on the right, God the Father above the figure of Christ with the Holy Spirit shown descending. The back is plain and lightly textured.

Length when hanging: 62cm / 24.5 inches;
Crucifix: 6cm / 2.4 inches tall.

The rosary is larger than most, but lightweight enough to be easy to handle for those who prefer bigger beads. It is visually attractive and is suitable for use in prayer, for presentation, or for hanging on a wall.

It comes in a handmade Renaissance-style rosary pouch to store or present it in, and will be attractively packaged.

More links you might like:
Living History Paternosters
Large & Wall Rosaries
Full Rosary Collection



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