Wax vanitas, Europe, 1701-1800

Made:
1701-1800 in Europe
maker:
Unknown

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Wax model of a female head depicting life and death, European, possibly 18th century

This is a wax model of a female head depicting life and death. One side shows a beautiful woman; the other shows the head exposed as a skull and with worms and snails on and around it. The head is mounted on a base which has an inscription attached: 'Vanitas Vanitatum & omia Vanitas Ecc: Cap i/V2'. This is from the Bible, Ecclesiastes, chapter 1, verse 2, which is translated in full in the New English Bible as "Emptiness, emptiness, says the speaker, emptiness, all is empty". The model is European, possibly from the 18th century.

Details

Category:
Anatomy & Pathology
Object Number:
A99821
Materials:
cloth, wax
type:
vanitas
credit:
Born-Traub
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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