Rosary bead or prayer-nut; boxwood; carved; opening in two halves; upper half with St Hubert adoring the stag; trees and huntsmen in background; lower half: enthronement of St Hubert following consecration by Pope Sergius [?]; outside pierced with tracery of intersecting curves, containing quatrefoils; two silver-gilt plates at top and bottom with suspension loops.
This object was collected and bequeathed to the British Museum by Ferdinand Anselm Rothschild.
What is it?
cleric hunting / shooting mammal saint / martyr tree / bush St Hubert
How big is it?
4.3 cm wide, 4.3 cm high, 2.9 cm deep, and it weighs 16g
Where is it?
London / The British Museum / Room 2A / Case 7g 6
Detailed Curatorial Notes
Provenance: None is recorded.
Commentary: This prayer but can be compared with WB.239 for the distinctive manner in which the trees are carved and may be by the same maker.
- Charles Hercules Read, 'The Waddesdon Bequest: Catalogue of the Works of Art bequeathed to the British Museum by Baron Ferdinand Rothschild, M.P., 1898', London, 1902, no. 237, pl.XLIX
- O.M. Dalton, 'The Waddesdon Bequest', 2nd edn (rev), British Museum, London, 1927, no.237
- Hugh Tait, 'Catalogue of the Waddesdon Bequest in the British Museum. 1., The Jewels', British Museum, London, 1986, pp.51-56, figs.36-37.
- Read 1902: Read, Charles Hercules, The Waddesdon Bequest. Catalogue of the Works of Art Bequeathed to the British Museum by Baron Ferdinand Rothschild, M.P., 1898, London, BMP, 1902
- Dalton 1927: Dalton, Ormonde Maddock, The Waddesdon Bequest : jewels, plate, and other works of art bequeathed by Baron Ferdinand Rothschild., London, BMP, 1927
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