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Rosary bead, 2 faces (chapelet) (Side 1)

Rosary bead, 2 faces (chapelet) (Side 1)
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Secular. Memento Mori.

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Cologne, Museum Schnütgen

Inv. B 164


Height: 50mm

Side 1: bust of a bearded nobleman in profile, wearing a cap and a fur-lined coat.
Side 2: bust of a skeleton in profile (Death).
Foliated decoration.

Cologne 2006: Southern Netherlands, c. 1520.


Carved in the round.

Possibly: Collection of Frédéric Spitzer, Paris. Collection of Michel Boy, Paris: his sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 13-14 May 1905, lot 314 (but height given is 64 mm).
Collection of Peter and Irene Ludwig, Aachen (purchased in 1963 from Blumka, New York); on permanent loan to the Museum from 1963 to 2011; donated to the museum in 2011.

U. Bock, Memento Mori, Schnütgen Museum: Wege durch die Sammlung 3 (Cologne, year unknown).
500 Jahre Rosenkranz: 1475 - 1975, exhibition catalogue, Cologne, Erzbischöfliches Diözesan-Museum, 25 October 1975-15 January 1976.
A. von Euw, Schnütgen-Museum Köln (Cologne, 1984).
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. 49.
P. Williamson and G. Davies, Medieval Ivory Carvings 1200-1550 (London, 2014), p. 475, in relation to no. 164.


Foto: © Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln.

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