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Primary bead (fragment of rosary), 3 faces

Primary bead (fragment of rosary), 3 faces
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Secular. Memento Mori.

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Baltimore, Walters Art Museum

Inv. 71.326


Height: 51mm

Face of Christ; face of the Virgin; skull (Death).
Foliated decoration.

Lawrence 1969: France or Flanders, early 16th century.
Ann Arbor 1975: Flemish, early 16th century.
Randall 1985 and Museum's opinion 2010: Franco-Flemish, early 16th century.


Carved in the round.

Object Condition
Vertical drill hole through the centre for suspension. Worn (especially noses).

Bought by Henry Walters before 1931; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.

The Waning Middle Ages, ed. by J. L. Schrader, exhibition catalogue, Lawrence, University of Kansas, 1969, no. 90, p. 74.
Images of Love and Death in Renaissance and Late Medieval Art, exhibition catalogue, ed. by W. R. Levin, Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, November 1975-January 1976, no. 81, pl. LXIV.
R. H. Randall, Masterpieces of Ivory from the Walters Art Gallery (New York, 1985), no. 367.
P. Williamson and G. Davies, Medieval Ivory Carvings 1200-1550 (London, 2014), in relation to no. 166.


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