About this object
Amber rosary beads strung on silk braid; one length with three beads, one with five beads. The beads on the rosary were organised in symbolic number sequences at intervals of five, seven or ten, and were used to count repetitive prayers of penance and devotion. Rosaries were made illegal in 1549, although many Londoners probably continued to use them in the privacy of their homes.
L 117 mm; W 8 mm (longer braid), L 65 mm; W 8 mm (shorter braid) (overall)
natural resin; amber; natural fibre (unidentified)
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