Large Mid-17th Century Antique Carved Treen / Carved Wood Memento-Mori in the form of a Skull


Large Mid-17th Century Antique Carved Treen / Carved Wood Memento-Mori in the form of a Skull



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A large and very realistic antique carved wooden memento-mori in the form of a skull with significant levels of gesso and original polychrome.

Mid-17th Century in date and of Continental origin.

Memento-mori (Latin for “remember that you have to die) is an artistic or symbolic trope acting as a reminder of the inevitability of death.

Carved from a single piece of timber, the carver clearly had an understanding of anatomy given the detail seen in this piece.

Provenance – Sourced from a private collection in Portugal.

Condition – Please refer to the images. Some surface wear is commensurate with age. The inner rim of the jar where the lid fits has a minor loss. This cannot be seen when the lid is placed upon it and the fit remains snug. A further detailed condition report is available upon request.

Size: Height 17.8 cm (7″)

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