ROSARIES

MEMENTO MORI PRAYER BEADS

The rosaries offered here are one-of-a-kind or limited stock.
Pictures will change as stock is depleted and other unique beads or elements become available.



Pictured above is a 16th century rosary bead of carved ivory.
Detroit
Institute of Arts
c. 1500-23
French

Memento Mori - "Remember Death"

Memento Mori jewelry, including rosaries, with its unflinching use of symbols of death and its purposeful message "Remember you must die" was widely worn in Western Europe during the sixteenth century and there is one skull rosary that dates back as early as 1250.

A constant reminder that life is temporary and heaven should be the ultimate goal, its intention was to encourage virtuous living. As a result of this message, there are many extant pieces in museums and private collections of beads and pendants depicting human bodies in various stages of decay. Crossed bones, skulls and complete skeletons are represented. Many have snakes, worms and lizards crawling in and out of the decomposed bodies and skulls. The majority of the examples are made of crystal, wood or carved bone/ivory. Some skulls open up to reveal tiny carved scenes of the life of Christ.

13th Century Skull Rosary

Pictured left is a rosary design inspired by one of the earliest extant skull rosary. The original is in Huy, Belgium and was found in a reliquary coffer. It dates to c. 1250-1300. It is made of bone and has the same number of beads and other components as our reproduction.
M13B
13th C. Skull Rosary
$89.00


16th c. Skull Rosary

A reproduction of a Spanish rosary c. 1570-1590. Our design has the same number of beads and components as the original wood and silver rosary. It consists of 7 large skull beads and 8 smaller silver beads connected with metal loops. It terminates with a cresent shape with crosses on one end and the other end has a ring for hanging from the belt and to hold on the finger while reciting the prayers.
M16B
16th C. Skull Rosary
$89.00
Both of these paternosters are examples of alternating The Lord's Prayer with Hail Marys.

15th C. Skull Rosary

A unique bone skull rosary that is hand-strung on silk beading thread. It consists 53 smooth bone beads and paternosters of antiqued carved bone skull beads, 5 of these carved beads separate 50 of the smooth beads into decades. A tassle with 3 antiphon beads hang from the center carved bead. It is approximately 23" in circumference and when divided in half it hangs approximately 15" including the tassel.
RR2DB
15th C. Skull Rosary
$79.00


Warrior's Skeleton Tenner

Another unusual bone rosary that terminates with a victory skeleton standing on a pile of skulls and wearing a kilt and sword. It is hand-strung and knotted between each bead. It consist of 10 smooth bone beads, a large carved skull near the loop and the warrior's skelton at the other end. This is truly a warrior's rosary! It is approximately 12" in length including the loop.

This can be ordered with links or in a full size rosary. Contact us for details and price. This skeleton is no longer being made so we have a very limited number in stock!
M5WK
Warrior's Skeleton Tenner
$59.00

Warrior's Tenner

16th c. Crystal Skull Rosary

A standardized rosary consisting of crystal beads connected with wire links. It has a 19x18x14mm crystal skull as the center paternoster and a handcrafted cross hanging at the beginning of the "pathway to the rose garden". Metal and crystal spacers accent the paternosters, cross and skull which gives the skull the appearance of wearing a crown.
M3CS
Crystal Skull Rosary
$225.00
Crystal


Crystal Skull Tenner (Right)

This stunning string of prayer beads consists of ten 10mm crystal beads with a crystal skull and a handmade crystal credo cross on one end. The other end has an embellished larger bead and a crystal/metal ring with a chain for hanging. The skull, large bead and cross are embellished with goldtone metal/crystal spacers which gives the appearance of a crown on the skull.
M5CS1
Crystal Skull Tenner
$115.00
Crystal

Knotted Big Skull Tenner (Left)

Ten large 14mm wooden round beads and one huge skull bead (27mm) knotted onto a heavy cord. There's a loop on one end and a tassel on the other end. Not including the loop, it measures approx 11" with the ending tassel.
M5KW1
Knotted Big Skull Rosary
$38.00


Knotted Ten Skulls Tenner

Ten wooden skulls knotted onto a heavy cord. There's a loop on one end and a tassel on the other end. Not including the loop, it measures approx 10" with the ending tassel.
M5KW2
Knotted Ten Skulls Rosary
$45.00


Eleven Skulls Rosary (Left)

Ten wooden skulls (16mm) connected with metal links to a huge wooden skull (27mm) terminating with a tassel on one end and a loop for carrying or to wear on a belt on the other end.

M5LW
Eleven Skulls Rosary
$68.00


Knotted Eleven Skulls Rosary (Right)

Ten wooden skulls and a huge wooden skull (27mm) knotted together on a brown cord terminating with a tassel on one end and a tasseled loop for carrying or to wear on a belt on the other end.

M5KW3
Knotted Eleven Skulls Rosary
$48.00


Pirate's Skull with Credo Cross (Left)

This paternoster is called a Pirate's Paternoster only because the large skull has a small pewter skull earring. The 10 alternating beads are 12mm bone and your choice of 16mm bamboo coral or black onyx. There is a handmade credo cross between the beads and the skull (20X27mm). It measures approx. 14" including the tassel and ring.
M5BSC
Pirate Skull with Credo Cross
$128.00
Stone

Small Bone Skull Rosary w/Tassel (Right)

Ten coral or onyx linked with bronze wire loops and end with a onyx, bleached bone skull (20x16mm) and tassel. The piece measures approx. 15" including the tassel and ring.
M5SS
Bone Skull Rosary w/Tassel
$48.00
Stone

New World Skull & Cross Rosary (Left)

This paternoster is called a New World rosary because it is make of turquoise which was a popular stone in the Americas during the exploration of the New World. It is made of 12mm round beads, a 18x14mm skull and a 20mm equal arm cross. It measures approx. 14" including the black tassel and ring.
M5TC
New World Skull with Cross
$48.00

Coral w/ Bone Skull & Cross Rosary (Right)

Ten 16mm sponge coral beads are linked with bronze wire loops and end with a antiqued bone skull (20x16mm) and a large 43x25mm bone cross. The piece measures approx. 15" including the tassel and ring.
M5CBC
Coral & Bone Skull Rosary
$68.00

Amber Skull Rosary (Left)

A "tenner" starting with a large 18mm black agate bead and decreasing in size to 12mm beads forming a complete decade with a huge 27mm carved amber skull at the termination. This rosary design was inspired by one found in a painting and has the same number of beads and components as the original. Measures approx. 13" including the ring and tassel.
Only one made and no more amber skulls. One-Of-A-Kind!
M5BAS
Amber Skull Rosary
$89.00

Bone Skull Tenner (Right)

This tenner consists of ten bone beads with disc spacers all connected with wire links to a large bone skull and a tassel on one end. The other end has an metal ring with a cord for hanging.
M5BBS
Bone Skull Tenner
$58.00

Amethyst Skull Rosary (Left)

This beautiful rosary is similar to the ones from the New World and contains handwrapped wire links connecting 14mm round beads, spacer disks, a large amethyst skull and a handmade credo cross like the ones popular in the 15th and 16th centuries.
One-Of-A-Kind!
M5ASC
Amethyst Skull Rosary
$159.00

Natural Crystal Skull Rosary (Right)

Another rosary similar to the ones from the New World. This one has Italian marble beads, spacer disks, a large crystal skull and a handmade credo cross in a slightly different arrangement than the amethyst one on the right.
M5CS2
Natural Crystal Skull with Credo Cross
$152.00

Pleading Skeleton Tenner (Left)

Ten 12mm stone beads are linked together with bronze wire to form this unique tenner. The unusual features are the bone skull near the ring and the termination bead in the shape of a skeleton that seems to be pleading...for mercy or help, you decide. This piece measures approx. 12" including the tassel and ring.
M5PS
Pleading Skeleton Tenner
$78.00
Stone

Climbing Skeleton Tenner (Right)

This skeleton seems to be climbing the bead string and offering us the message to "Hang On" in times of trouble. It is strung with black silk cord and has ten 14mm bone beads and a tassel below the skeleton. This piece measures approx 10" including the ring and tassel.
One-Of-Kind! Skeleton bead has been discontinued.
M5SC
Climbing Skeleton Tenner
$58.00

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