Freaky Fine Art Friday…

… From the Met Museum’s website;

Rosary, ca. 1500–1525
German
Ivory, silver, partially gilded mounts

Each bead of the rosary represents the bust of a well-fed burgher or maiden on one side, and a skeleton on the other. The terminals, even more graphically, show the head of a deceased man, with half the image eaten away from decay. Such images served as reminders that life is fleeting and that leading a virtuous life as a faithful Christian is key to salvation.

Proving yet again that Catholicism is the punk rock of religions & master of macabre with this memento mori rosary.

Image source

We are all going to die.

About Katrina Fernandez

Mackerel Snapping Papist

  • http://twitter.com/DMJSD Darlene

    My recent trip to Bavaria convinced me that what American churches are lacking most is skeletons. Especially gilded skeletons. And paintings of skeletons in confessionals.

  • robertgwirth

    We contemporary Americans need to be reminded.
    I am exceedingly fortunate in that all my life I have been conscious of my own mortality.
    Thanks, Kat!

  • Linda

    Wow. Just wow!

  • L.

    Oh, goodie….I was worried you were going to be all cuteness, kittens, warm & fuzzy. I needn’t have worried! :)

  • Christine Dalessio

    this is fantastic – I want one :) “Catholicism is the punk rock of religions” – Love it!

  • Stefanie

    Wow — I want one!

  • http://profiles.google.com/dpfromwyo David Parkhurst

    If Catholicism is the “punk rock” of religion, would that make Orthodoxy the “death metal”?

    Cool rosary . . .

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat Katrina Fernandez

      Yes. Yes it would. http://deathtotheworld.com/

      • http://profiles.google.com/dpfromwyo David Parkhurst

        I didn’t know they were still around.

      • http://twitter.com/SteveBellitt Manic Doodlings

        Thanks for the link & this post!

  • http://owenswain.com/1/ Owen

    I have a skull rosary. It’s a fav.
    P.S. I know you’re impressed.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Eugene-Edward-Yeo/1163041810 Eugene Edward Yeo

      Any chance you’d share where you got it?

  • The Catholic Science Geek

    Note to self: Take up whittling….NOW.


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