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Late 17th – Early 18th Century
Size: approx: 52cm long – 20½ ins long
See: Finch & Co catalogue no. 3, item no. 19, for a 17th century large Indo-Portuguese Mother of Pearl Rosary
Many beads were considered talismanic, a device to win the beneficence of God, but St Augustine admonished the faithful: ‘God is a circle whose centre is everywhere’ and advised the thoughtful, solitary manipulation of prayer beads to enhance a contemplative state of mind. He believed the repetitious handling of the circular beads helped the worshipper to concentrate on spiritual inward needs.