Late 19th Century Memento Mori Marble Skull

Memento Mori skull carved in marble depicting a human skull on a book, ca 1870. Photo credit: Live Auctioneers/Jasper52

Haunting the Dusty Shelves with Wickedmama ๐Ÿ’€ Auction Edition

It’s no surprise to some of you that I love to haunt the bookstores, antique stores, auctions and any dusty old roadside place where I might find something interesting! During the pandemic, I started following auctions on the Liveauctioneers site, mostly just window-shopping and mentally curating all the pieces of art, books, ephemera and miscellaneous historical crap I would love to own. While this auction is set to complete soon, I still thought the piece was neat enough to share. It combines two of my favorite things: a skull and books. This one is a bit out of my budget right now, maybe one of you will pick it up?

Liveauctioneers Lot 0015 Details


Title: Marble skull, Vanitas Memento Mori.

Date/Period: Late 19th century

Dimensions: Cm.23×24,5×20 Cm.

Material: Marble

Description: Ancient Vanitas Memento Mori carved in marble depicting a human skull on a book (possibly a Bible) engraved with the square Sator square, Christian symbol. In excellent condition, intact, as shown in the photo. About 1870.

In case of sale, a certificate of authenticity will be issued.

DATE c. About 1870.

DIMENSIONS Height 23 cm; Length 24.5 cm; Depth 20 cm

Reserve: $3,000.00

Shipping: Domestic: Flat-rate of $300.00 to anywhere within the contiguous U.S.International: Foreign shipping rates are determined by destination.Combined shipping: Please ask about combined shipping for multiple lots before bidding.Location: This item ships from Italy

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Very good

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  • Auction ends 5/19/21

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