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Used as devotional rosary beads
Sizes: a: 4cm high, 4cm wide, 4.5cm deep – 1½ ins high, 1½ ins wide, 1¾ ins deep
b: 3.5cm high, 3.5cm wide, 4.5cm deep – 1¼ ins high, 1¼ ins wide, 1¾ ins deep
c: 2cm high, 2cm wide, 2.5cm deep - ¾ ins high, ¾ ins wide, 1 ins deep
TWO LARGER SKULLS SOLD / ALL NOW SOLD
'Memento Mori' rosary beads carved in the form of a human skull had the dual purpose of reminding the wearer of the transience of earthly life, and of acting as a 'paternoster' assisting the Christian worshipper in accurately repeating from memory the correct number of prayers required of his devotion.