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Georgian Paste & Enamel Memento Mori Pendant



A skull and old bones are strewn about in a stark enameled still life. This piece, created around 1800 as a memento mori, serves as a constant reminder of life's impermanence. In those times, wealthy English men (and a few women) visited classical Greek and Roman ruins to evoke similar feelings. Just as the majestic temples of Ancient Rome crumble to dust, so do our warm bodies. This brooch was converted into a pendant at some point in the last two centuries.


  • Materials

    silver, enamel, paste

  • Age

    c. 1800

  • Condition

    Very good - converted from a brooch into a pendant at some point in time

  • Size

    1 1/2" 1 1/4"

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Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.

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