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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 132


Height: 47mm
Width: 46mm
Depth: 30mm

Side 1: head of an old man (Old Age).
Side 2: skull (Death); vermin; worms; toads.
Scrolls with inscriptionS: 'ANSI SERONS NOVS'; 'WI OV DEMAIN'.

Cologne 2006: French or Netherlandish, 16th century.


Polychromy - Gilding
Traces of polychromy: red (inscription; spots on animals).

Carved in the round.

Acquired from Elisabeth Osthoff, Bielefeld, 7 April 1962.

U. Bock, 'Memento Mori', Schnütgen Museum: Wege durch die Sammlung 3 (Cologne, year unknown), fig. on p. 8.
R. Dieckhoff, 'Klappernd Gebein und nagend Gewürm: Memento mori im Schnütgen-Museum', in Kleine Festschrift zum dreifachen Jubiläum, exhibition catalogue, Cologne, Schnütgen-Museum, 1981, pp. 39-46 (p. 43 and fig. on p. 42).
Zum Sterben schön! Alter, Totentanz und Sterbekunst von 1500 bis heute, ed. by A. von Hülsen-Esch and H. Westermann-Angerhausen, Cologne, Schnütgen Museum, 2006, no. 43.


Foto: © Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln.

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