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Bifacial vanity Ivory - Germany19th century
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Ref : 96752
3 500 €
Period :
19th century
Provenance :
Germany
Medium :
Ivory
Dimensions :
l. 1.77 inch X H. 3.54 inch
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Bifacial vanity Ivory - Germany19th century

Superb carved ivory vanity. Greens crawling out of a decaying head (left part). The right part presents the skull of the deceased and particular attention is given to the delimitation of the different bones of the cranial cavity.
A dramatic illustration of the decomposition process, this "momento mori" is an object of private devotion and was probably used as a rosary bead. In the Christian context, the momento mori has a moralizing purpose: the prospect of death highlights the transience of earthly pleasures and invites us to focus on life after death and the different ways to access it. The symbols of the momento mori can be found in almost all types of art: the trances in funerary art, the danse macabre or even small carved vanities like our piece. Particularly popular in Northern Europe from the Renaissance onwards, the tradition continues into modern times where vanities become small objects of collection and curiosity.

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