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Ancient of Days
variation iv
Bronze, Brass and Greek Leather
Handmade Irish Penal Chaplet

"Thou hast borne incomprehensibly the Ancient of Days as a new Child..."
  -- Theotokion

The powerful, substantial crucifix of this chaplet is cast from a 19th century Spainish antique.  The ring is cast from an ancient Celtic piece.  Both are solid bronze.  

The Aves and the Pater bead are solid French brass, with a nice weight.  We hammer the surface of these beads, to give them a subtle texture;  smooth their interior surfaces;  and finally work the surface to give them a beautiful patinatiion.

The chaplet is knotted on black Greek leather cord -- the finest leather cord on the market today.  The connecting ring is heavy gauge bronze.

10-Bead Chaplets of this configuration are known as Irish Penal Chaplets, or "Little Rosaries."  They can easily be used to keep count of the prayers of a full five decade rosary, by looping the ring over one thumb and praying one decade, then moving the ring to each finger in turn, praying one decade at each position. 

Crucifix:  2.7"
Prayer Beads:  8mm
Ring:  about 1.25"
Length:  about 8"
Weight:  1.3 oz.

If you'd like to know more about chaplets, including the history of Irish Penal Chaplets, click here.


© Copyright 2007-19, M. Laura Eckert, Still Stone and Moss, Prayer Bead Art: Handmade Rosaries, Prayer Ropes, Chaplets, and Rosary Bracelets.