Medieval Paternoster Prayer Beads with Green Tassel
This is a simple paternoster in a closed loop style, such as would have been carried or worn by people of the middle classes in the 14th & 15th centuries. The beads are faceted 10mm round red glass, threaded on silk/polyester cord with a silky green tassel.
The paternoster was used extensively in the Middle Ages, prayer beads that were carried or worn as part of everyday attire. The beads were often quite large, and the sets often had tassels, medals, jewellery or other personal mementos attached.
The beads are threaded on the cord loosely so that they can be moved along the cord as each repetition of the Our Father prayer is said. "Paternoster" means "Our Father" in Latin, and that is the prayer most commonly said as each bead slides along the thread.
You can wear this rosary over your belt or wear it on your arm like a very loose bracelet, as was the custom in the Renaissance era.
Length when hanging: 25cm / 10 inches;
Tassel: 10cm / 4 inches long.
A paternoster is a link with the rich tradition of Christian prayer through the centuries and makes a unique gift for the faithful. While my paternosters are not exact reproductions of historic pieces, they are perfect for reenactment or Middle Ages period costumes too.
See more here: Renaissance Revival Collection
Modern pocket rosaries are here: Christian Pocket Rosaries