Memento mori half head, half skull, European, 19th century. Ivory. H. 5.8 cm (object) H 8.5 cm (with base). CABINET OF CURIOSITIES-HONOURABLE SILVER OBJECTS at BRAFA 2021
The ivory model of a half a child's head, half a skull is carved with precision of a naturalistic quality. This memento mori is literally a reminder of death and the shortness of life. The skull was the symbol of death from the 1500s onwards.