Ivory skeleton suspended in a case, Europe, 1701-1800

Made:
1701-1800 in Europe
maker:
Unknown

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Ivory model of a human skeleton, suspended in a case with opening door at the front, possibly 18th century

Memento mori statues were used to remind people of the shortness of human life and the uselessness of material luxuries. This ivory model of a skeleton is suspended in its case. The door can be opened to reveal the skeleton.

Details

Category:
Anatomy & Pathology
Object Number:
A641354
type:
skeleton
taxonomy:
  • animal remains
credit:
Sotheby's
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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