More than 400 prayer beads from the Ottoman era, worth almost $70 million, were shown in Abu Dhabi Sunday, Emirates 24/7 website reported.
The collection, owned by Turkish businessman, Berat Serdar Neziroğlu, will stay for display for three months starting March 31 to June 30.
Neziroğlu says the rosaries, made from 100 different materials, have been hand-made by 60 Turkish artists.
“This is a collection which has been meticulously brought together over the years. It has been described as one of the world’s most valuable collections,” Neziroğlu said.
The businessman started collecting rosaries in 2007, when he bought a silver prayer bead during a flight, since then he embarked the start of his “adventure.”
“Like all other collectors, I initially collected non-artistic beads. Later on I began to research and I learned the difference between the normal rosary and that of artistic value. I met the real artists who perform this art,” he said.
This is the first time art rosaries are exhibited at an open event, Neziroğlu added.
The collection is currently shown at Emirates Palace Hotel.