A fine English Renaissance carved limestone lintel with traces of gilding

A fine English Renaissance carved limestone lintel with traces of gilding

1500 to 1600 England

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A fine English Renaissance carved limestone lintel with traces of gilding
Probably from Gloucestershire
Circa 1580

Size: 34cm high x 92cm wide x 17.5cm deep
Provenance: Ex-English Private Collection
The Skull and Cross Bones as a memento mori: a symbol of death and
mortality was rarely used in sculpture before the late 16th century.
The Skull and Cross Bones is both a reminder of the humility of death
and that whatever one's status and wealth in life everyone must come in
the end to the same condition. It must be remembered that death was
regarded as an integral part of life, as in inscription on an early
16th century brass declares 'As ye me see in such degree So shall ye be
another day'.

The Cotswold limestone belt which created the great wool wealth, and
some of the best English parish churches, provided an endless supply of
high quality stone and attracted some of the best masons. This rare
English Renaissance example is therefore most probably from this
Cotswold/Gloucestershire area.
Dimensions
Height 34.00 cm (13.39 inches)
Width 92.00 cm (36.22 inches)
Depth 17.50 cm (6.89 inches)
Medium
Limestone and Gilding
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