Essays

Throughout the 1200s and 1300s, European sculptors used ivory for carving miniature works of…

When first discovering the intricate carvings in prayer beads and altarpieces, viewers most…

When they were created in the early part of the sixteenth century, the boxwood prayer beads…

A comparison of extant prayer bead shells reveals two fundamentally different styles of…

Prayer beads were intended to be carried, perhaps in some cases suspended from a belt, and…

Watch Interviews with the research team about the process of learning about the boxwoods, and…

When viewing the objects, one tumbles headlong into astonishing miniature worlds created by…

The original owners of these small boxwood wonders acquired them for the spiritual impact…

The scenes and inscriptions of boxwood prayer beads attest unequivocally to the religious…

While we know little about the workshop structure that supported the production of the…

The twenty triptychs, diptychs, and tabernacles that survive in various collections all…

Like the prayer beads, the sculpted interior reliefs of the miniature altarpieces were…

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