15th century coral and pearl paternoster

A 15-16th century fashion rosary or paternoster, made from 50 freshwater pearls, and 5 gaud beads of red coral.


Examples of this style of rosary or paternoster are found throughout the 15th century, and continue in use into the mid-16th century. While linear paternosters seem to have been used by men regularly, these looped paternosters are used by both men and women in roughly equal measure.