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