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Memento mori; ivory; carved; one side depicts face being eaten by worms, other side depicts skull with toad in mouth; inscription on both sides in black paint; vertical pierced hole.  France, 16th century

Memento mori - ivory - one side depicts face being eaten by worms, other side depicts skull with toad in mouth France, cent

German, 17th century, Pendant with a skull cameo. Jasper, mounted in gold; 38mm., 1½in. ~  Photo courtesy Sotheby's

German, century pendant with a skull cameo - jasper, mounted in gold

Three 18th c. sheep gut condoms, with silk ties (longest 9 in.) | Christie's --- A paper slip discovered with this lot is inscribed "CONDOMS (French Letters or Cap-Anglais) DISCOVERED BY LADY SALMONG AMONGST SOME 18th Century DOCUMENTS." --- Colonel Cundum is said to have invented the dried gut of sheep worn by men in the act of coition to prevent venereal infection, c.1700. The word condom first appears in 1717 in a dissertation on venereal disease Syphillis a Pratica by Dr. Daniel Turner.

Three sheep gut condoms,Price realised (Christies) Three sheep gut condoms, Enlarge Price Realized (Set Currency) Safety first!

Memento Mori Collection at Kunstkammer Laue. TEFAF 2015

Memento Mori Collection at Kunstkammer Laue. TEFAF 2015

'MEMENTO MORI, A FRENCH OR SPANISH, 16TH/17TH CENTURY MEMENTO MORI IN IVORY'. H: 7,5 cm. -Sotheby's. 30 SEPTEMBER 2011. IMPORTANT MOBILIER, SCULPTURES ET OBJETS D’ART-

A French or Spanish, Century Memento Mori in ivory on modern pedestal of precious stone.

Detail of 16th century Italian rosary (Met Museum)

carved ivory rosary from the early century (currently in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York).

Rosary Terminal Bead with Lovers and Death's Head, North French or South Netherlandish, ca. 1500–1525. Ivory, with emerald pendant, silver-gilt mount. Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917, 17.190.305. © 2000–2017 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Rosary Terminal Bead with Lovers and Death’s Head Made in, North France or South Netherlands Date: ca. The Metropolitan Museum

Bead from a chaplet or rosary, ivory with traces of red and black paint, formed of four half-length figures placed back to back, Flanders or northern France, first half of the 16th century

Memento Mori pendents

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