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Gaud

A gaud is a charm or trinket typically found at the end of a rosary. They could be fashioned as a crucifix or other small medallion depicting a Biblical scene or saint. A spherical type of gaud called a nut was carved from boxwood or hardstone and hinged open to reveal intricate carvings of the figures of saints or Biblical scenes and were often hung from a rosary. Sometimes these hidden treasures were made of metal and elaborately enameled. An entire rosary could be composed of intricately carved nuts.

French: noix or grain de chapelet German: Betnüsse

Boxwood Carved Rosary Gaud or Nut. c.1480-1530. © Trustees of the British Museum

Interior Detail of a Boxwood Carved Rosary Gaud or Nut. c.1480-1530. © Trustees of the British Museum.