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Rosary bead

early 16th century
Overall: 2 1/4 × 1 1/2 in. (5.7 × 3.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915
Accession Number:
Not on view
This medallion shows the Virgin and Child on one side and a fashionably dressed saint on the other. The holes on top and bottom indicate that it was designed for a metal setting that would have allowed it to be strung. In form it closely resembles the medallion beads strung on the Rosary nearby.
Theodore M. Davis , New York (until d. 1915; bequeathed to MMA)
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