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Rosary bead (?) (Front)

Rosary bead (?) (Front)
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Secular. Memento mori.

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Ravenna, Museo Nazionale di Ravenna

Inv. n. 1087


Height: 50mm
Width: 56mm

Skull with vermin; toad; worms; snakes.

Martini and Rizzardi 1993 and Martini 2011: France or Flanders, 16th century.


Carved in the round.

Object Condition
Missing: lower part of the piece.
The piece is hollow, with a hole at the top and one on the underside in which is inserted a peg of wood.

Classense collection, i.e. collection assembled by the Camaldolese monks of Sant'Apollinare in Classe near Ravenna, acquired mainly during the 18th century; with the suppression of religious orders in 1797, the possessions of Ravenna's important abbeys passed on to the Comune of Ravenna; in 1804, the Museo Classense Municipale was established, which would become in 1885 the Museo Nazionale di Ravenna.

Oggetti in avorio e osso nel Museo Nazionale di Ravenna, sec. XV-XIX (Ravenna, 1993), no. 161.
La collezione degli oggetti in avorio e osso. Museo Nazionale di Ravenna, ed. by L. Martini (Ravenna, 2004), p. 43.


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