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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
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.
|Height||15.00 cm||(5.91 inches)|
|Width||16.00 cm||(6.30 inches)|
|Depth||6.00 cm||(2.36 inches)|