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From Canonbie, Dumfriesshire

Postcard of Rosary beads.
© National Museums Scotland

Rosary beads

These jet rosary beads were found with a hoard of coins and jewellery at Canonbie in Dumfriesshire. The hoard was buried around 1300.

Jet beads, deposited at Woodhead, Canonbie, Dumfriesshire, c. 1298 - 1302

Personal prayer played an important part in the medieval church. Crucifixes, images of saints and rosaries of beads were used to focus the mind when praying. The beads were slipped through the fingers as a means of counting set prayers.

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Online ID: 000-100-000-734-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.KO 9
Date: Around 1300
c. 1298 - 1302
Material: Jet
What: Bead
Subject: Medieval hoards, e.g. coins (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Dumfriesshire, Canonbie, Woodhead
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