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  • Place of origin:

    Cordoba (made)

  • Date:

    1865-1870 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver filigree beads, with cast silver-gilt Christ

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

After the prolonged and destructive Thirty Years War of 1618–48, Europe split into a Catholic south and a Protestant north. The rosary, used to help make sure that prayers were said correctly, was banished from Protestant countries. In the Catholic south it was used everywhere. The basic form, of small beads interspersed at regular intervals by larger beads, was the same everywhere, but the details varied according to local tradition.

The small filigree beads in this rosary, called Ave beads, after the first word of the prayer they prompt, are typically Spanish. The flat filigree ovals, and the filigree crucifix with circular cross-section, are also characteristic of Spanish rosaries. However the rosary itself does not follow the normal convention of five sections, called decades, of ten beads each, and has probably been re-strung from older elements.

It was bought for the museum by Senor Riano for nine shillings and ten pence in Cordoba in 1871.

Physical description

Rosary of silver filigree beads, interspersed with flat oval filigree motifs at regular intervals, but not arranged in formal decades. In the centre is a hollow filigree cross of circular section, with a silver-gilt cast figure of Christ.

Place of Origin

Cordoba (made)


1865-1870 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silver filigree beads, with cast silver-gilt Christ


Length: 6.7 cm cross, Width: 3.8 cm cross, Depth: 1.1 cm cross, Length: 63 cm rosary, Width: 1.0 cm rosary, Depth: 0.8 cm rosary

Descriptive line

Silver filigree rosary with filigree beads and cross, Cordoba (Spain), 1865-1870.


Silver; Silver-gilt


Filigree; Casting; Amalgam gilding

Subjects depicted

Prayer; Cross


Jewellery; Metalwork; Christianity


Metalwork Collection

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