Antique German 5 Decade Catacomb Soil Ebony Wood Silver Reliquary / Jesus Christ / Saints / Devotion / Catholic / Gothic / Crucifix / Altar


Stunning 5 decade rosary necklace with a German Reliquary Crucifix made of sterling silver and ebony wood containing catacomb soil and gilded floral embellishments atop red satin ribbon.

The corpus is beautifully crafted with amazing detail. Two beads are missing from the left side of the necklace, and the Reliquary screw is not present.

Rosary history:

The five decade rosary is the one most people picture when they hear the word rosary. It consists of a crucifix, then a short set of 5 beads, for praying the Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, and a Glory Be, and then a rosary center, followed by a loop of 5 decades (sets of ten beads) to count the Hail Marys prayed as one meditates on the mysteries of the rosary, with a bead for praying the Our Father between each decade. This traditional rosary (both the physical strand of beads and the prayer) is also known as the Dominican Rosary, due to St. Dominic’s role in encouraging and spreading devotion to the holy rosary at the request of the Blessed Mother.


Reliquary from bail to bottom: 5 x 1 x 1/8

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