Ivory model of a skull on a wooden pedestal, Europe, before 1928

Active selection in cart:
Ivory model of a skull on a wooden pedestal, Europe, before 1928. Carved from a single piece of ivory, the model of a human skull sits upon crossbones. 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.) The object was part of the private collection of Dr Noel Hamonic (d 1928), purchased by Henry Wellcome in July 1928 for £803. Another part of the collection had been purchased in June 1928. Contributors: Science Museum, London. Work ID: mvdqm7pe.

Free public domain image

To download this free image, please register (this takes just 30 seconds) or log in.

This is one of 1,687,037 free hi-res public domain images, selected from major public collections to complement the Look and Learn archive, and to save you time and money. Typically, it may be used for any purpose, but users should check the precise terms and satisfy themselves that the intended use will not infringe the rights of any third party.

Can we help?

Look and Learn is one of the world’s leading sources of historical and cultural images for personal and commercial use. Feel free to contact us with any questions or requests.

Links