Cross & rosary

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Postcard of Cross & rosary.
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Cross & rosary

This wooden cross and rosary with mother-of-pearl decoration was made as a souvenir in Jerusalem or Bethlehem. It dates from the 18th century and was given to Sir Joseph Noel Paton in Karlsbad in 1868.

The silver filigree mounts were made in Germany or Bohemia.

Devotional souvenirs like these from the Holy Land would have been made by Arab-Christian craftsmen working in Jerusalem, Bethlehem and elsewhere in the Holy Land. They could have been purchased outside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and at other holy places. However, many crosses and rosaries were also exported to Europe by the Franciscans and others.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-939-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1905.910
Date: 18th century
Material: Wood; mother of pearl inlay; silver filigree mount andcross. Inscription: Crucifixion [on cross]
Dimensions: 25.00" L approx
What: Rosary
Subject: Jewellery : Crosses, rosaries and crucifix r
Who: Noel Paton Collection
Where: Austria
Description: Rosary of wood beads with a silver filigree cross engraved with a crucifixion, beads and cross both inlaid with mother of pearl: probably Austrian, 18th century
  • Evans, G. Souvenirs From Roman Times to the Present Day. Edinburgh: NMS Publishing Ltd, 1999, pp 8-9. 
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