Re: Nuns purses and beads and things
- At 1:31 PM +0000 11/24/02, Ruth Singer wrote:
>Anyhow, another thing i spotted was a mention of ivoryAha! I ran across one recently and had to re-think where I'd seen it.
>beads. I've foind no reference or surviving example of
>ivory beads used in the later middle ages in England /
>Europe. Does anyone know better?
I don't know whether the 15th century is "late" by your definition,
"...From his pilgrimage in 1418-19 the great Gascon lord Nompar II de
Caumont (1391-1446) brought back in a coffer of cypress-wood a whole
quantity of jewels bought in Jerusalem. There were **a set of
paternoster beads of white ivory,** six other sets of 'black musk',
and fifteen cords of paternoster beads of cypress wood and one of
This is from p.78 of _Medieval European Jewellery_ by Ronald
Lightbown (1992, Victoria & Albert Museum, ISBN 0-9481-0787-1). This
book has an excellent chapter on Paternosters, with more information
on the actual beads than any other source I've seen in English. This
is a huge, lovely book that I wish I owned!
O Chris Laning
+ Davis, California
Aha! I ran across one recently and had to re-think
where I'd seen it. I don't know whether the 15th
century is lateby your definition, however.
certainly is. perfect for me.
what a fantastic quote.
ANy idea what black musk is? fascinating.
is a huge, lovely book that I wish I owned!<BR>
me too - and its out of print! very frustrating.
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