Woman's Paternoster Prayer Beads, Renaissance Style
Paternosters are the forerunner of today's rosary beads, used extensively throughout the Middle Ages. The beads were used to keep track of the number of times the Lord's Prayer (known as the Our Father prayer) was said - Pater Noster is Latin for Our Father.
This set brings design details of historic paternosters to life again, using modern materials and techniques. This paternoster is made in the style of a "niner", a layout for a short rosary that has been in use for centuries. The niner was often used when praying to a saint, together with a personal petition.
I've used 10mm round gold Swarovski crystal pearls in this set, together with ornately decorated gold pewter beads and wee gold beads. There is a large pierced filigree bead at each end, known as a "gaud" bead - today we call this the Our Father or Pater bead.
At one end is a carved shell angel's wing and a small renaissance cross, and at the other end is a long silky gold tassel with an engraved cap. Historic paternosters were larger than the modern rosary, and this set has a nice weight and substantial feel to it while being a feminine design that would have been the type of paternoster seen at Court or high society gatherings.
Overall length: 40cm / 15.75 inches;
Tassel: 8cm / 3.1 inches long.
This set of niner paternoster prayer beads is both a pleasure to use and delightful to look at. It comes with an explanatory pamphlet, in a handmade renaissance style pouch and will be attractively packaged.
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Living History Paternosters
Memento Mori Collection