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Contero is a rare word. I found its definition:

contero

m. Arq. Moldura en forma de cuentas como de rosario, puestas en una misma dirección.

but I can't find any pictures illustrating what exactly this is. Can anyone help?

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Here is an example of contero which can be seen a few centimeters below the "column capital" (capitel in Spanish) looking like a "rosario"

Capitel del Museo Arqueológico Nacional de Aquileia
AMAN076: capitel jónico-itálico que pudo haber pertenecido al monumento funerario de Tampia, hija de Lucio. A destacar la concepción del contero y muy especialmente, la manera de resolver todos los elementos de la zona del equino y el diseño de las volutas, netamente itálicas.

https://flic.kr/p/9bRL6E

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In general "contero" is something like this:
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contero: moldura que suele llevar dos o tres cuentas estrechas y una larga. Adorno arquitectónico formado por pequeños relieves en serie, semejantes a las cuentas de un rosario.

This last definition and the sketch can be found here

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  • You can find other examples here. – Charo Mar 19 '20 at 14:55
  • Thanks @Charo Lovely capitals 😀 – DGaleano Mar 19 '20 at 15:54
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have you tried to look for a 'rosario'? 'Rosario' is a kind of prayer, it consists of several 'Ave María', 'Padre Nuestro' and other prayers, a rosario consists of 5 'misterios', and each 'misterio' has 9 'Ave Marías' and some 'Padre Nuestros'. A 'rosario' is also a tool to count the 'Ave María' and other prayers in the rosario. It is a thread with some small round balls, and every time that you pray an 'Ave María' you are supposed to move your fingers to another ball.

Picture of a rosario in here: https://pixers.uk/stickers/rosario-40954057.

As a rosario is a contero, that's the format that you are looking for, some thread with balls, or wooden sticks with loose balls can do as well.

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  • La definición que pone es Arq. Moldura en forma de cuentas como de rosario, puestas en una misma dirección. Lo que busca es foto de la moldura (Parte saliente de perfil uniforme, que sirve para adornar o reforzar obras de arquitectura, carpintería y otras artes), no de un rosario. – OnlyThenDidIReckonMyCurse Mar 19 '20 at 12:38
  • My point exactly. – Alexey Orlov Mar 19 '20 at 12:43

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