Ivory model of a skull and snake, Europe, undated
- undated in Europe
Ivory model of a skull, mandible absent, with snake coiled around the top
Carved from ivory, this model shows a human skull with the lower jaw missing and a snake coiled around the top. Not much is known about what this object was used for although it may have been a memento mori – literally a reminder of death and the shortness of life. The skull was the symbol of death from the 1500s onwards. Previously death was represented as a skeleton accompanied by a living victim.
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