An Italian Carved Ivory Rosary Bead in the form of a ‘memento mori’ skull

An Italian Carved Ivory Rosary Bead in the form of a ‘memento mori’ skull
Fine old smooth silky patina
Early 17th Century
Size: 3 cm high – 1¼ ins high
See Finch and Co catalogue no. 7, item no. 70, catalogue no. 8, item no. 21, for other examples
Marking the end of a cycle of prayer and the beginning of the next a skull paternoster bead would prompt the Christian worshipper to ‘remember me’ and ponder the transience of life.

An Italian Carved Ivory Rosary Bead in the form of a ‘memento mori’ skull

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