Incredible carved miniatures of the XVI century, some parts of which are only visible under the microscope

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Jan - 11 - 2017

Prayer “nuts” – a striking example of Dutch craftsmanship of the XVI century. These carved miniatures used during prayers and the rosary hung on. Possession of such a work of art meant not only an extraordinary human piety, also its high social status, t. To. Each “nut” was worth a fortune.

There are only 135 known miniature boxwood carvings known to survive. Each of them is made of boxwood, which timber is ideal for small work of woodcarvers.

The miniature boxwood carvings were made during a very brief window, between 1500 and 1530, in Flanders or the Netherlands. It’s possible that only a single workshop, perhaps two, carved them all. Aristocrats and wealthy tried to get for themselves carved miniatures, because they were extremely expensive, thus pointing to the high social status of owners. The onset of the Reformation resulted in a big change in the dogmas of Catholic Christianity. Among other things, welcomed shy, so accessories such as prayer “nuts” went out of fashion.

Unbelievable product on religious themes, dating back to XVI century.

With microcomputer tomography and 3D-modeling, researchers found that carved miniatures is much trickier than it might seem at first glance. The beads were carved from one piece of boxwood. The layers of the scene were carved in sections and then the discs set into the sphere with boxwood pins smaller than a seed of grass. The overlapping discs added depth and complexity to the miniatures.

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There are only 135 known miniature boxwood carvings known to ...

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