18th Century Flemish Miniature Carved Boxwood Skull
18th Century Flemish Miniature Carved Boxwood Skull

18th Century Flemish Miniature Carved Boxwood Skull

18th century West Flanders

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A well-patinated carving of a skull in boxwood. Modelled with gaping eye sockets and gaps between the teeth. Set on a sloping, stepped octagonal base. A ‘memento mori’ – an object designed to remind the viewer of their mortality and of the shortness and fragility of human life. ‘Memento mori’ became popular in the seventeenth Century, at a time when strong religious convictions led to the widespread belief that life on earth was merely a preparation for an afterlife.
Dimensions
Height 6.50 cm (2.56 inches)
Width 4.00 cm (1.57 inches)
Depth 4.50 cm (1.77 inches)
Stock Code
6333
Medium
Boxwood
Thomas Coulborn & Sons

Thomas Coulborn & Sons
Vesey Manor
64 Birmingham Road
Sutton Coldfield
West Midlands
B72 1QP
England

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