Memento Mori Rosary: Go Look!

August 23, 2010

I could spend days absorbed simply looking at a piece like this and the purpose of this website is for sharing, so enjoy this German rosary (c.1500-1525). The description is as follows:

Each bead of the rosary represents the bust of a well-fed burgher or maiden on one side, and a skeleton on the other. The terminals, even more graphically, show the head of a deceased man, with half the image eaten away from decay. Such images served as reminders that life is fleeting and that leading a virtuous life as a faithful Christian is key to salvation.

>> Link: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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