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Enquiry from Online Galleries regarding "Collection of Eighteen German ‘Memento Mori’ Carved Ivory Human Skulls"
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Look at what I found on the Online Galleries website!
Smooth silky patination
Sizes: approx: 1cm high - ½ ins high / approx: 2cm high – ¾ ins high
See: Finch & Co catalogue no. 8, item no. 21, catalogue no. 9, item no. 38 and catalogue no. 19, item no. 2, for further examples
These skull beads were most probably used as devotional rosary beads with the larger one acting as the paternoster or terminal bead. When the worshipper came upon this bead it marked the end of a cycle of prayer and the beginning of the next, prompting him to ‘remember me’ and thus ponder on the transience of life.