Collection Memento Mori Skulls

A.    A South German Carved and Polychromed Lime-wood ‘Memento Mori’ Skull with Curling     Snake Probably from an Altarpiece 
    Late 17th – Early 18th Century
Size: 18cm high, 14cm wide, 13.5cm deep - 7 ins high, 5½ ins wide, 5¼ ins deep / 30cm high - 11¾ ins high (with base)
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B.    A South German Carved ‘Memento Mori’ Pear-wood Skull with Prominent Teeth Probably from a Devotional Crucifix
    Late 17th – Early 18th Century
Size: 5cm high, 4.5cm wide, 5cm deep - 2 ins high, 1¾ ins wide, 2 ins deep
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C.    A German Carved and Polychromed Lime-wood Small ‘Memento Mori’ Skull
    18th Century
Size: 3.5cm high, 3.5cm wide, 4cm deep - 1¼ high, 1¼ ins wide, 1½ ins deep

D.    A German Carved Boxwood ‘Memento Mori’ Skull Probably from a Devotional Crucifix
    Late 17th Century
Size: 4cm high, 3cm wide, 4cm deep - 1½ ins high, 1 ins wide, 1½ ins deep
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E.    An Unusual South German Carved Boxwood Rosary Bead Depicting a Skull with a Deformed Nose
    17th Century
Size: 2.5cm high, 3cm wide, 3.5cm deep - 1 ins high, 1 ins wide, 1¼ ins deep

F.    A German ‘Memento Mori’ Carved Ivory Rosary Bead Depicting an Over-Large Skull 
    Mid 17th Century
Size: 3cm high, 3.5cm wide, 3.5cm deep - 1 ins high, 1¼ ins wide, 1¼ ins deep
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G.    An English Finely Carved Anatomical Model of a Human Skull a ‘Vanitas’
    18th Century
Size: 4.5cm high, 4cm wide, 3.5cm deep - 1¾ ins high, 1½ ins wide, 1¼ ins deep
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H.    A German Miniature Carved Ivory ‘Memento Mori’ Skull
    Late 17th – Early 18th Century
Size: 1.2cm high, 1.5cm wide, 2cm deep - ½ high, ½ ins wide, ¾ ins deep
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I.    A Collection of Three ‘Memento Mori’ Skulls: A Spanish Small Carved Bone Janus Head Rosary Bead Depicting Christ and to the Reverse a Skull
A German Carved Ivory Miniature Rosary Bead in Form of a Skull
A German Carved Ivory ‘Memento Mori’ Skull
    18th Century
Sizes: 1.5cm high - ½ ins high (each)
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Death, for most people before the 19th century, was a major preoccupation. Life expectancy was under 40 and the Catholic church taught that after dying the soul faced a terrifying and uncertain onward journey. Images of skulls were a reminder of your own mortality, a reminder to live a good and pious life, to pray for your soul in eternity. A ‘memento mori’ that death comes for us all. As the Latin inscription on Archbishop Chicele’s tomb states, ‘Now I am cast down: and turned into food for worms’.
 
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Collection Memento Mori Skulls

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