Carrying of the Cross; Crucifixion

Object Name
Prayer Bead
Object Type
Prayer Bead
1490 - 1530
boxwood with partial gilding
Credit Line
The British Museum, London, United Kingdom
Object Number
The British Museum
The British Museum


Overall Open: 102mm × 51mm (10.2 × 5.1 cm)


Upper half: Carrying of the Cross, procession issuing from a gateway with portcullis;
Lower half: Crucifixion with crowd of figures; some details of carving and inscriptions gilt;
outside pierced with pear-shaped openings containing quatrefoils
source: British Museum website

Signature, Inscriptions, and Markings

Carved Latin inscriptions around inner scenes, outer edges:

Susceperut aut ihm et eduxerut Et baiulans ubi cruce exiuit i eu dicit calau [John xix. 16-17 - inner upper]

D crux ave spes unica hoc passionis tempore auge piis iusticia reis qe dona ueniam [inner lower - stanza 8 of Good Friday hymn, Vexilla Regis]

Ieuemus corda nostra cu manibus ad dmn in celos [Sam.ii.41 - NB typo on website: it is from Lamentations 3:41- outer upper]

Attendite et videte u est dolor sicut dolor meus [Lam. 1.12 - outer lower]

[source: British Museum website]

Published References

Charles Hercules Read, The Waddesdon Bequest : Catalogue of the works of art bequeathed to the British Museum by Baron Ferdinand Rothschild, 1898: 113, no. 235, plate XLIX; O.M. Dalton, 'The Waddesdon Bequest', 2nd edn (rev), British Museum, London, 1927, no.235; Hugh Tait, 'Catalogue of the Waddesdon Bequest in the British Museum. 1., The Jewels', British Museum, London, 1986, pp.51-56, figs.34-35; Sotheby's London, 'European Sculpture and Works of Art: Medieval to Modern', 5th December 2012, lot 29.;

Catalogue Raisonné

Romanelli 28


Baron Ferdinand Anselm de Rothschild, London - acquired by British Museum 1898
Previous Owner(s)
Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild


Carrying of the Cross

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