Mixed Woods - variation 4 - Latin American Crucifix

Mixed Woods - variation 4 - Latin American Crucifix


"You will find something more in woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters."
— Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Epistle 106

The extraordinary crucifix of this rosary arises from a heart — a traditional Latin American motif. The crucifix is decorated on both sides. It’s substantial, solid bronze, hand-cast from a 19c antique.

The Pater beads are made of various types of wood, in free-form, flattened and elongated ovals — each unique. They're made of reclaimed timbers, or of wood fallen to the forest floor. Two of the Paters are formed of a couple beads side by side. Alongside all the Paters are cylindrical beads of wood and freeform beads of solid brass.

The striped Aves are unfinished, natural fir. Among the Aves are small handmade wood beads, slightly varied in size, in many shades of brown.

This rosary is made all-in-one-loop, rather than in the familiar "Y" form. We don't see lots of all-one-loop rosaries lately, but they were pretty much the norm until just a couple centuries ago.

The connecting rings are solid bronze and brass.

Crucifix: 2.75"
Aves: 8mm
Length: 16.5" from top of loop to bottom of crucifix

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The rosary is strung on premium quality Soft Flex jewelers' cable, composed of 49 strands of steel encased in nylon, with a test-strength of 29 pounds; each end is double-crimped for security.