German Miniature Carved Ivory Skull with a Lower Jaw
German Miniature Carved Ivory Skull with a Lower Jaw
German Miniature Carved Ivory Skull with a Lower Jaw
German Miniature Carved Ivory Skull with a Lower Jaw

German Miniature Carved Ivory Skull with a Lower Jaw

1700 to 1800 German

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A German Miniature Carved Ivory Skull with a Lower Jaw
'Memento Mori'
Early 18th Century

Size: 2cm high, 1.5cm wide, 2.5cm deep - ¾ ins high, ½ ins wide, ¾ ins deep
Provenance: Ex London Private collection
Such tiny models of skulls were very popular in the Baroque period and were not only an essential part of any Kunstkammer shelf, but also acted as contemplative reminders of mortality in an age when medicine was still an amateur science, epidemics raged across Europe, and death was an integral part of life.
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