Memento Mori Monday: Two-Faced Rosary Beads

It’s monday, so I have a memento mori for you! It’s a bit on the late side, but better late than never, right?

For this week, I picked some very old artwork. Rosaries aren’t very common anymore these days, but once upon a time almost everyone had one and knew how to pray with it. In the sixteenth century, expensive ivory rosaries came in fashion among the rich and privileged. Rosary beads with a Vanitas/Memento Mori theme were not uncommon, reminding even the wealthy of their approaching end… They usually had the shape of a figurine or head with one “fair” side and one “decayed” side. You might think them a tiny bit disturbing at first sight, but beads like these were often incredible works of art, sporting tons of amazing little details… I’m sharing some of my favorites here.


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About quantumphysica

My name is QuantumPhysica The Insane, but you can call me QP. I am insane, admitted to a mental hospital in Belgium, and waiting for a decent diagnosis at the moment. Once I was a physics student with goals in life and what more; now I'm simply the patient of Room 93. Ever wondered what life is like in the psychiatric ward? I'll tell you everything you ever wanted to know... I am... particularly twitchy of personality. But I also am genuinely interested in everything. There is nothing that doesn't interest me, really. Everything, from quantum computers to fashion and cars to traveling... I also give advice. On anything. No taboos whatsoever. And I make lists of things...
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3 Responses to Memento Mori Monday: Two-Faced Rosary Beads

  1. YAPCaB says:

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