The Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth, Trustees of the Chatsworth Settlement
Not on view
Spectacularly complex in form and meaning, this set of prayer beads—known as a rosary—bears the Royal Arms of England as well as the tiny letters "He8" and "Ka," abbreviations for King Henry VIII and his first wife, who married in 1509.
Each of the small beads portrays one of the apostles, the twelve principal followers of Jesus, along with part of the text of the Apostles’ Creed (a standard affirmation of Christian belief), a figure from Hebrew Scripture, and a Christian subject thematically linked to an event from Hebrew Scripture.
Bead 1: Last Judgment; Judgment of Solomon Bead 2: God in Majesty; Christ Child in Glory; Habakkuk Feeding Daniel in the Den of Lions Bead 3: Annunciation; Nativity; Death of Isaiah Bead 4: Ascension; Transfiguration; Murder of Amos Bead 5: Resurrection; Death and Elijah Raising the Widow’s Son Bead 6: Crucifixion; Entombment; David before the Ark Bead 7: Members of the Church; Martyrdom of Jeremiah(?) Bead 8: Descent and Harrowing of Hell; Death of Zachariah Bead 9: Creation of the Heavens; Christ Child in the Sun; Moses Receiving the Tablets (Ten Commandments) Bead 10: Baptism of Jesus; Pentecost