Adoration of the Magi; Pietà

Object Name
Prayer Bead
Artist/Maker
South Netherlandish
Object Type
Prayer Bead
Date
1483 - 1540
Medium
boxwood
Credit Line
The British Museum, London, United Kingdom
Object Number
WB.238
Location
The British Museum
Institution/Owner
The British Museum

Dimensions

Open (Length): 9.8 cm (3 7/8 in.)

Description

Upper half: Adoration of the Magi
Lower half: Pietà with St James the Greater and St Ursula; figures of male and female donors kneeling at either side. On the table on which they kneel are two paired shields of arms.

source: British Museum website

Signature, Inscriptions, and Markings

Inscription
Carved Latin inscriptions around edges:

VBI EST QVI NAT' EST REX IVDEOR VIDIMVS ENIM STELLA' EI' I ORIETE [inner upper; Matt.ii.2]

DOLENS POST MORTEM XPM SUSCEPIT IN ULNIS [inner lower]

Omnia dat Dominvs non habet ergo mi [outer]

Bene omnia fecit Dominvs marci [outer]

[source: British Museum website]
Markings
Carved coats of arms of Jacques de Borsele, Lord of Gouda and wife Ursula de Foreest on lower half below kneeling figures

Published References

Charles Hercules Read, 'The Waddesdon Bequest: Catalogue of the Works of Art bequeathed to the British Museum by Baron Ferdinand Rothschild, M.P., 1898', London, 1902, no. 238, pl.XLIX; O.M. Dalton, 'The Waddesdon Bequest', 2nd edn (rev), British Museum, London, 1927, no.238; Richard Marks, 'Two Early 16th Century Boxwood Carvings Associated with the Glymes Family of Bergen op Zoom', in Oud Holland, Jaarg. 91, No. 3, 1977, p. 140; Paul Williamson, 'Netherlandish Sculpture 1450-1550', London, 2002, p.140; Evelin Wetter, 'Zwei spätmittelalterliche Betnüsse aus den südlichen Niederlanden', in Monographien der Abegg-Stiftung Bern, 15, Abegg-Stiftung, Riggisberg, 2011, p.58; John Lowden and John Cherry, 'Medieval ivories and works of art : the Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario', Art Gallery of Ontario, Seattle, 2008, p.138, p.142;

Catalogue Raisonné

Romanelli 34

Provenance

Provenance
Baron Ferdinand Rothschild, London; Acquired by British Museum 1898
Previous Owner(s)
Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild

Subjects

St James the Greater
Christianity
Adoration of the Magi
Pietà
Heraldry
St Ursula
Coat of arms of Jacques de Borsele, Lord of Gouda
Coat of arms of Ursula de Foreest

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