The beads in this rosary are made from wood, and four large milagros, or "miracles" representing offerings to a particular saint, are attached to the rosary. Rosaries are strings of beads used by Catholics to repeat prayers such as the "Hail Mary" and the "Our Father". Sometimes they are offered as tokens of special thanks to particular saints. Rosaries in the Vidal Collection are made from a wide variety of materials such as silver, gold, horn, seed, wood, and coral.
Description (Spanish)
Las cuentas de este rosario son de madera y llevan adheridos cuatro milagros de importante tamaño que representan ofrendas a determinados santos. Los rosarios son collares de cuentas que usan los católicos para repetir plegarias tales como el Ave María y el Padre Nuestro. A veces se ofrecen en señal de agradecimiento a ciertos santos. Los rosarios de la Colección Vidal se hallan confeccionados de una gran variedad de materiales, desde plata y oro, hasta cuerno, semillas, madera y coral.
Currently not on view
Date made
20th century
Place Made
Puerto Rico
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
string (overall material)
paint (overall material)
overall: 98.1 cm x 7.3 cm x 1.6 cm; 38 5/8 in x 2 7/8 in x 5/8 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal
Puerto Rico
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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