Silver & Gilt Paternoster of Philippe de Croy, 15th Century

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Silver & Gilt Paternoster of Philippe de Croy, 15th Century
  • Silver & Gilt Paternoster, 15th century
  • Silver & Gilt Paternoster, 15th century
  • Silver & Gilt Paternoster, 15th century
  • Silver & Gilt Paternoster, 15th century
  • Silver & Gilt Paternoster, 15th century
  • Silver & Gilt Paternoster, 15th century
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$105.00
We found this Paternoster in a diptych by Rogier van der Weyden. Philippe de Croy, a young nobleman in the court (headquatered at Brussels) of the Duke of Burgundy, Philip III, is depicted adoring a vision of The Virgin and Child. He holds a linear Paternoster, composed of silver and gold beads, a tassel at one end and a Crucifix on the other. It was painted in about 1460, when Philippe was 25 years old. 
 
Philippe's Paternoster is composed of silver and gold beads - in a pattern of two silver beads for every gold bead, ending with a tassel at one end and a Crucifix, decorated by fleurs-de-lis, at the other. We've made an educated guess that the strand held thirty-three beads: it was believed in the middle ages that thirty-three was the age at which Christ died, so the number is theologically significant. His strand was probably made out of pure gold and silver, but we made ours out of silver and gold plated brass beads and a bronze crucifix. Like the Crucifix in the painting, ours also has fleurs-de-lis, both on top, bottom, and each arm.
 
It is strung on a solid and strong luceted cord, which is an ancient hand-weaving technique that we have created using black silk thread, as well as a handmade black and cream silk tassel.
 
Though it is not visible in the painting, we've left a slight amount of slack as it aids in sliding the beads in prayer, and in the drape when it is hanging.