Gold and red-coral rosary, complete and intact.

Currency:USD Category:Artifacts / Shipwreck Artifacts Start Price:12,000.00 USD Estimated At:15,000.00 - 30,000.00 USD
Gold and red-coral rosary, complete and intact.
17,000.00USDto sandy46+ (2,975.00) buyer's premium. + applicable fees & taxes.
This item SOLD at 2016 May 19 @ 20:35UTC-4 : AST/EDT
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Gold and red-coral rosary, complete and intact. 60.09 grams total, 19-1/2" long. A most impressive religious jewel in an excellent state of preservation, with all the coral and gold beads intact, very similar to the other specimens we have sold (same beach find). The 53 oval, red-coral beads represent five "decades" around the neck and three beads down to the cross, separated by 5 gold beads (known as "paternosters"), the crucifix at bottom measuring 2" and consisting of a flat cross surmounted with separately cast Jesus figure and INRI on plaque at top (lacking the skull and crossbones of Golgotha at bottom, as made), its backside plain, with integrated loop and jump-ring at top. Generally very rare and expensive today, red coral was a popular constituent of rosaries as it was believed to protect against magic spells, going back to Greek mythology that gave red coral's origin as "the spurts of blood that gushed forth when Medusa's head was cut off by Perseus." With Sinclair photo-certificate. Recovered from: Spanish 1715 Fleet, east coast of Florida