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Rosary Bead

South Netherlandish
Open: 4 7/8 × 3 3/4 × 1 1/4 in. (12.4 × 9.6 × 3.2 cm) Closed: 2 1/2 × 2 3/8 × 2 3/16 in. (6.4 × 6.1 × 5.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
Not on view
Inscription: Inscribed: on exterior - two inscriptions in Renaissance capitals: ATTENDITE ET VIDETE SI EST DOLOR SICVT DOLOR and LEVEMVS CORDA NOSTRA CVM MANIBVS AD DNM (Dominum) IN CE (coelos) J (Jeremias) CP (caput) L (which should read LV, references being from Vulgate, Lamentations 1:12 and 3:41). On plaque - in Gothic letters: PER PACEM CRISTE TRHIT (i.e. trahit for tradit) HIIS TE PRODITOR ISTE. On lower inside in Gothic letters: NOS PILATVS CONDEMPNAMVS IESVM FLAGELLANDVM IN MONTE CALVARIO CRVCIFIGI ET IN ALTVM ELEVARI. On upper inside - O CRVX AVE SPE (spes) VIN (unica) HOC PASSIONIS TEMPORE AVGE PIIS IVSTICIAM REIS (from hymn Vexilla Regis, see Williamson, p. 63-64).
Private Collection, Cordova; Dealer, London; Baron Albert Oppenheim, Cologne(sold 1906); J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (1906-1917)
Kunsthistorische Ausstellung, Düsseldorf 1902: Illustrirter Katalog. Düsseldorf: August-Bagel-Verlag, 1902. no. 1198, p. 106.

Molinier, Émile. Collection du Baron Albert Oppenheim: Tableaux et objets d'art, catalogue précédé d'une introduction. Paris: Librairie Centrale des Beaux-Arts, 1904. no. 94, p. 41, pl. LXII.

Williamson, George Charles. Catalogue of the Collections of Jewels and Precious Works of Art: The Property of J. Pierpont Morgan. Deluxe ed. London: Chiswick Press, 1910. no. 40, pp. 63, 64–65, pl. XXIV, color pl. 17.

Dingelstedt, Kurt. "Betnuß." Reallexikon zur Deutschen Kunstgeschichte 2 (1948). pp. 377-378.

The Life of Christ: A Loan Exhibition of Works of Art Illustrating Episodes in the Life of Christ. Hartford, CT: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 1948. no. 190, p. 33.

Romanelli, Susan J. "South Netherlandish Boxwood Devotional Sculpture 1475–1530." PhD diss., Columbia University, 1992. no. 20, pp. 262–65, 42–43, 57, 62, 140, fig. 31–34.

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