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Rosary bead, 2 faces (chapelet)

Rosary bead, 2 faces (chapelet)
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Secular. Memento mori.

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Cologne, Museum Schnütgen

Inv. B 131


Height: 71mm

Side 1: head of a young woman (Youth).
Side 2: skull (Death); vermin; toads; rats; worms.
Foliated decoration.
Scrolls containing the inscriptions: 'ANSI SERON NOV [AUJOURD]WI OV DEMIN FINIS' (This way shall we end up, either today or tomorrow); 'A LA MORT'.

Chestnut Hill 2000: France, 16th century.
Cologne 2006: French (?), 16th century.


Carved in the round.

Object Condition
Pierced vertically for suspension.

Acquired from Elisabeth Osthoff, Bielefeld, 7 April 1962.

U. Bock, Memento Mori, Schnütgen Museum: Wege durch die Sammlung 3 (Cologne, year unknown).
H. Meininghaus, 'Memento mori', in Weltkunst, 71, 12 (2001), pp. 1856-1859.
R. Berliner, Die Bildwerke des Bayerischen Nationalmuseums, IV. Die Bildwerke in Elfenbein, Knochen, Hirsch- und Steinbockhorn, mit einem Anhange: Elfenbeinarbeiten der Staatlichen Schlossmuseen in Bayern (Augsburg, 1926).
R. von Forrer, 'Memento Mori - Kleinkunstwerke', in Zeitschrift für Schweizerische Archaeologie und Kunstgeschichte 2 (1940).
500 Jahre Rosenkranz: 1475 Köln 1975, exhibition catalogue, Cologne Erzbischöfliches Diözesan Museum, 25 October 1975-15 January 1976.
R. Dieckhoff, 'Klappernd Gebein und nagend Gewürm: memento mori im Schnütgen-Museum ' in Kleine Festschrift zum dreifachen Jubiläum, Schnütgen-Museum Köln, ed. by A. von Legner (Cologne, 1981), pp. 39-46 (p. 43 and fig. on p. 42).
A. Legner, Schnütgen-Museum Köln (Zürich, 1982).
A. von Euw, Schnütgen-Museum Köln (Cologne, 1984).
N. Netzer, V. Reinburg, Fragmented Devotion: Medieval Objects from the Schnutgen Museum in Cologne, exhibition catalogue, McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, 2000, no. 22 (with ill on p. 133).
Der Rosenkranz: Andacht, Geschichte, Kunst, ed. by U. B. Frei, F. Bühler (Bern, 2003).
Zum Sterben schön! Alter, Totentanz und Sterbekunst von 1500 bis heute, ed. by A. von Hülsen-Esch and H. Westermann-Angerhausen, exhibition catalogue, Cologne, Schnütgen Museum, 2006, no. 46.


Foto: © Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln.

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