An English Limestone Memento Mori Carving of a Skull Wearing Laurel Leaves

An English Limestone Memento Mori Carving of a Skull Wearing Laurel Leaves

1500 to 1800 England

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An English Limestone Memento Mori Carving of a Skull Wearing Laurel Leaves
Emblematic of the Triumph of Death
Probably from a tomb or memorial
Late 16th – Early 17th Century

Size: 15 cm high, 16 cm wide, 6 cm deep – 6 ins high, 6¼ ins wide, 2¾ ins deep
See Finch and Co catalogue no. 3, item no. 23, for a marble vanitas, and item no. 45 for a Renaissance limestone memento mori.
'as ye me see in such degree so shall ye be another day'

an inscription found on a 16th century church brass.

Before the 20th century Europeans regarded death as an integral part of life, and both as a warning symbol and an object for meditation, the skull is the most widespread personification of death. Shakespeare's Hamlet meditates aloud, confronted by skulls cast up by a grave digger, on the power of death to level all things. Death is the power which really rules the world.
Dimensions
Height 15.00 cm (5.91 inches)
Width 16.00 cm (6.30 inches)
Depth 6.00 cm (2.36 inches)
Medium
Limestone
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