Friday, November 20, 2015

16-Century Prayer Nuts Open to Reveal Incredibly Detailed Scenes

Prayer nut on display at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna

A prayer nut was a small, elaborately carved boxwood orb from the Middle Ages used for private devotion when its owner travelled. Owned mainly by the wealthy in northern Europe, a prayer nut was as much a status symbol as a sign of faith. Such orbs were designed to be worn on a rosary or belt and are therefore known as rosary beads or prayer nuts.

16th-century Netherlandish prayer nut attributed to Adam Theodrici,
on display at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam



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