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Memento mori; ivory; carved; one side depicts face being eaten by worms, other side depicts skull with toad in mouth; inscription on both sides in black paint; vertical pierced hole.  France, 16th century

A sixteenth-century French ivory memento mori bead; one side depicts a face being eaten by worms, the other side depicts a skull with a toad in its mouth; there is an inscription in French on both sides

Memento mori ivory skull, made in Europe in the 17th century

aleyma: Memento mori ivory skull, made in Europe in the century (source).

Golden Age of Piracy: Memento Mori Page 3

'MEMENTO MORI, A FRENCH OR SPANISH, 16TH/17TH CENTURY MEMENTO MORI IN IVORY'. H: 7,5 cm. -Sotheby's. 30 SEPTEMBER 2011. IMPORTANT MOBILIER, SCULPTURES ET OBJETS D’ART-

A French or Spanish, Century Memento Mori in ivory on modern pedestal of precious stone.

Memento mori en ivoire finement sculpté. Japon, XIXe siècle.

Memento mori en ivoire finement sculpté. Japon, XIXe siècle.

Sculpture Art, Rome, Digue, Modern Art, Vanitas Vanitatum, Memento Mori, Oeuvres, Impressionist, Skeletons

18th century wax vanitas model. Vanitas are works of art intended to remind the viewer of the shortness of human life, the uselessness of vanity and the certainty of death. This example features many symbols typical for this type of object, such as a skull and insects that feast on decaying flesh. The other side of the model shows the face during life. The verse scratched on to the front is from the biblical book of Ecclesiastes and reads “vanity of vanities, all is vanity”.

Act IV scene iii King: At supper? Hamlet: Not where he eats, but where he is eaten. A certain body of politic worms is e'en at him. --Antique and Medical Vanitas - Obsessed With Skulls

Exceptional and Finely Carved German Ivory Vanitas (1600 to 1700)

An Exceptional and Finely Carved German Ivory Vanitas. Photo courtesy Finch & Co Of a partly decomposed human skull, a salamander and snake curling through the hair.

16th Century Example of a Memento Mori hung on a Rosary, Carved from Ivory.

Memento Mori carved on a rosary (early century) ivory; Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City

Rosary Date: ca. 1500–1525 Culture: German Medium: Ivory, silver, and partially gilded mounts. The end beads are interesting in that they are half skull and half fully fleshed heads.

Rosary in Ivory, silver, and partially gilded mounts. Dated 1500 - 1525 from Germany. Via Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Upper Rhine,dated 1754 a large ivory skull

Upper Rhine,dated 1754 a large ivory skull

Ivory Vanitas Rosary Bead in the form of a skull 1600 to 1700 Germany

Ivory Vanitas Rosary Bead in the form of a skull 1600 to 1700 Germany

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