An exceptional and rare representation of a living dead, meant as memento mori or vanitas to remind of the mortality of humanity. The half-decayed corpse, of which the muscle tissue and part of the underlying skeleton are visible, drags itself along in the middle of a graveyard, with rocky ground where there is a skull and a rotten cross, formed by wooden planks. The quality of this sculpture is exceptional, with many details, such as the way in which the fingers and toes are carved, the whole posture of the body and the facial expression. At the bottom of the base we see two small wooden plugs, which suggests that this sculpture once stood on a larger pedestal base.
Soft-wood with a red patina.
We have not been able to find a similar sculpture in literature or auctions, but we suspect that it is of South German origin. In terms of dating, we cautiously estimate it to date from the 18th / early 19th century, but it is possibly earlier.
Dimensions: height 19,5cm ; base 8cm x 6,5cm
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