Statue showing a skeleton holding a spade and torch

Made:
1601-1900 in Europe
Statue showing a skeleton holding a spade and torch (statuette; memento mori)

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Silver plated statue in the form of a skeleton with a spade in one hand and torch in the other, standing on a pedestal

This memento mori statue was used to remind people of the shortness of human life and the uselessness of material luxuries. It is in the shape of a human skeleton with a spade in one hand and a flaming torch in the other. It is shown with a similar statue (A641528)