Prayer nut, Adam Dircksz (workshop of), 1700 - 1799

Prayer nut, Adam Dircksz (workshop of), 1700 - 1799

boxwood; casing: parcel-gilt silver; box: wood, stamped leather; magnifying glass: silver, glass, d 4.8cm × h 8.2cm × w 7.5cm More details

This tiny boxwood ball, mounted in silver, is incredibly finely carved. It is a ‘prayer nut’, intended to be hung from a belt or a rosary, and was meant as an aid to prayer. The owner moreover would certainly have enjoyed showing off such a superbly crafted and precious jewel. Seen at the top is the Nativity and at the bottom the Adoration of the Magi.

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