Flemish Carved Boxwood Vanitas of a Human Skull
Flemish Carved Boxwood Vanitas of a Human Skull
Flemish Carved Boxwood Vanitas of a Human Skull
Flemish Carved Boxwood Vanitas of a Human Skull

Flemish Carved Boxwood Vanitas of a Human Skull

1600 to 1700 Flemish

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A Fine Flemish Carved Boxwood Vanitas of a Human Skull
Resting on a pair of crossed human bones, a snake travelling through the nasal cavity and around the skull to reach an apple
Mid 17th Century

Size: 7cm high, 10cm wide, 7.5cm deep – 2¾ ins high, 4 ins wide, 3 ins deep
See: Finch & Co catalogue no. 4, item no. 48, catalogue no. 8, item no. 99, catalogue no. 10, item no. 79, and catalogue no. 12, item no. 83, for other examples in ivory silver and wood
The snake holds an apple in its jaws in an allusion to Adam, the fall, the mortality of man and the transitory nature of life. It is warning the viewer 'memento mori', and is admonishing him to do penance.
Medium
Boxwood
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