Pendant with a Monk and Death
French or Flemish
Title Pendant with a Monk and Death
English: Surely intended for the use of a monk, this pendant represents a head divided to depict a monk on one half, and a skull on the other, making explicit the user's own mortality and the certainty of death. The carver conveys the reality of impending death in the monk's eyes rolling into his head, his parted lips, and his pallor, which is suggested by the natural color of ivory. Such imagery was popular throughout much of the 16th and 17th centuries, making dating difficult.
Date between 1575 and 1675 (Baroque)
Dimensions 7.3 cm (2.9 in)
World of Wonder. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1971-1972. Illuminated Manuscripts: Masterpieces in Miniature. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985.
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