A Fine Ivory Vanitas Rosary Bead in the form of a skull

A Fine Ivory Vanitas Rosary Bead in the form of a skull

1600 to 1700 Germany

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A Fine Ivory Vanitas Rosary Bead in the form of a skull
German
17th Century

Size : 5 cm high x 4 cm deep x 3 cm wide
2 ins high x 1½ ins deep x 1¼ ins wide
There is an ancient Roman saying 'Mors certa, horta incerta' : Death is certain, the hour uncertain.
The skull bead on the rosary was used as an admonitory symbol and an object of devotional meditation.
During prayer it was a symbol of Christian remorse and penitence, a reminder to pray for salvation, and a warning that man is not divine and cannot escape his irrevocable fate, that all earthly life is transient.
'Memento Mori'.
Dimensions
Height 5.00 cm (1.97 inches)
Width 3.00 cm (1.18 inches)
Depth 4.00 cm (1.57 inches)
Medium
Ivory
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