Antique Solid Silver Memento Mori Skull Snake Vanitas Okimono Sculpture Netsuke
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Antique Solid Silver Memento Mori Skull Snake Vanitas Okimono Sculpture Netsuke:
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A SOLID STERLING SILVER (.925)
MEMENTO MORI SKULL SCULPTURE
An exquisite solid sterling silver weighing a very heavy 119 grams and measuring approximately 1.5" (4 cm) in height. Depicting an anatomical skull with a Snake coiled through. Exquisite detail throughout. Memento Mori is a Latin phrase translated as "Remember your mortality", "Remember you must die" or "Remember you will die". It refers to a genre of artworks that vary widely but which all share the same purpose: to remind people of their mortality, an artistic theme dating back to antiquity. Remarkable and immaculate worksmanship, worthy of display in a museum collection. Typically such pieces were carved from natural mateirals, with Sterling Silver examples far and few between, most in Museum and Institutional collections.
Provenance: from a private european collection
Sterling Silver skull sold for $2149, Christie's 2008
Wooden skull sold for 8,050 EUR, Sotheby's 2007
Detailed skull sold for 18,250 EUR, Sotheby's 2007
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