Exceptional and Finely Carved German Ivory Vanitas

An Exceptional and Finely Carved German Ivory Vanitas
Of a partly decomposed human skull, a salamander and snake curling through the hair
Early 17th Century
Size: 4.5cm high, 7cm deep, 4.5cm wide – 1¾ ins high, 2¾ ins deep, 1¾ ins wide
The macabre motif of the skull with attached tattered scraps of skin dangling from the face, invaded by vermin, with exposed muscles in a state of decomposition conveys the idea of transience and death memorably and terribly. The skull is a warning symbol and an object for meditation, ‘Memento Mori’.
Ex Private European collection
Ex Robert Noortman collection
Ex Private London collection

Exceptional and Finely Carved German Ivory Vanitas

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ENQUIRIES

+44 (0) 207 689 7500

+44 (0)7836 684133
+44 (0)7768 236921

enquiries@finch-and-co.co.uk