Mid 18th Century Antique Carved Wood Memento Mori


Mid 18th Century Antique Carved Wood Memento Mori


A mid 18th Century, Continental antique, carved wooden sculpture depicting a memento mori. Applied with gesso, polychrome and gilding.

Memento mori is a Latin phrase meaning ‘remember you must die’. A basic memento mori sculpture or painting would be a portrait with a skull but other symbols commonly found are hour glasses or clocks, extinguished or guttering candles, fruit, and flowers.

This example depicts a skull and crossbones over a foliate base.

Condition – Good as per the images. Some surface wear commensurate with age. One piece of the foliate base is missing verso.

Size: Height 11.5 cm x Width 10 cm x Depth 9.5 cm (4 1/2″ x 4″ x 3 3/4″)

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