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Pommel (fragment) or rosary bead, 4 faces (chapelet) (Front)

Pommel (fragment) or rosary bead, 4 faces (chapelet) (Front)
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Side 2

Side 1

Secular. Memento mori.

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Berlin, Skulpturensammlung und Museum für Byzantinische Kunst

Inv. 3097 (almost completely destroyed)


Height: 95mm

Side 1: bust of man holding a flower.
Side 2: bust of woman; dog.
Side 3: bust of naked man.
Side 4: bust of skeleton (Death); toad.
Foliated decoration.

Volbach 1923: Netherlands, c. 1520.
Dokumentation 2006: Netherlands, c. 1520.


Object Condition
Hole down the centre.
Almost completely destroyed during WWII: two surviving fragments.

Given to the Museum by Dr. P. von Liebermann in 1907; undocumented after 7 April 1945; two fragments have survived and were returned by the Soviet Union to the Museum in 1958.

W. F. Volbach, Die Bildwerke des Deutschen Museums, Die Elfenbeinbildwerke (Berlin, 1923), pp. 57-58, pl. 63.
Dokumentation der Verluste. Skulpturensammlung, VII: Skulpturen, Möbel (Berlin, 2006), p. 243.
KIK/IRPA database: http://www.kikirpa.be/www2/wwwopac/en/object.html [accessed October 2009].


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