Ivory model of a half head, half skull
One side of this carved ivory head shows a human face; the other side shows a skull. Not much is known about this model, but it is thought that it is a memento mori – literally a reminder of death and the shortness of life. The skull was the symbol of death from the 1500s onwards. Previously death was represented as a skeleton accompanied by a living victim.
- Anatomy & Pathology
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- animal remains
- Loan, Wellcome Trust
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