Rosary and crucifix votive offering, Ireland, 1900-1930

Made:
1900-1930 in Clareen
Left hand side: A95431, Coloured beads from a rosary and lead crucifix attached to a twig, from St. Kieran's Well,  a

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Left hand side: A95431, Coloured beads from a rosary and lead crucifix attached to a twig, from St. Kieran's Well, a
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Coloured beads from a rosary and lead crucifix attached to a twig, from St. Kieran's Well, a sacred well with supposed healing properties, Clareen, Offaly, Irish, 1900-1930

Found at St Kieran’s Well in Clareen, Offaly, Ireland, this rag wrapped around a twig was left in the hope of receiving a cure for an illness – the well was believed to have healing properties. Prayers would have been made before the rosary was left at the well – usually tied with others to the branches of a nearby tree, which became known as a fairy tree. It is shown here with a rag and a twig (A95427), other items found at the well.

Details

Category:
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Object Number:
A95431
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), cotton (textile), glass and lead
type:
votive offering
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • cross - visual work