Ivory Memento Mori pendant with a dead man's face and a decaying skull with worms and other creatures

On display

Ivory pendant carved on one side with a dead man's face. On the other side a decaying skull with worms and other creatures. Silver suspension rings, top and bottom.

Details

  • Title

    Ivory Memento Mori pendant with a dead man's face and a decaying skull with worms and other creatures

  • Associated place

    Southern Germany (probable) (probable place of creation)
  • Date

    c. 1510 - 1530
  • Material and technique

    elephant-ivory, silver; carved

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    6.5 cm (height)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Bequeathed by Michael Wellby, 2012.

  • Museum location

    Second floor | Gallery 53 | European Goldsmiths' Work
  • Museum department

    Western Art

  • Accession no.

    WA2013.1.30

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Further reading

Wilson, Timothy, Winterbottom, Matthew, Treasures of the Goldsmith's Art: The Michael Wellby Bequest to the Ashmolean Museum (Ashmolean Museum University of Oxford, 2015)

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