In a fascinating short video, the New York Times featured Medieval prayer beads, sometimes called prayer nuts, on its Daily 360. It gives an opportunity for a close up view of the exquisite minuscule boxwood carvings from the 15th and 16th centuries. Most were done in the southern Netherlands, and were considered luxury items, possibly taking as much as 30 years to complete. There are only about 120 in existence now, with major collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Museum, and the Art Gallery of Ontario. More information on the carvings, focusing on the collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario, can be found here, courtesy of the CODART Ezine. CODART is the international network of curators of Flemish and Dutch art.