- ca. 1525–50
- Boxwood, silver gilt
- Overall (case closed): 2 5/8 × 1 3/4 in. (6.7 × 4.5 cm);
Overall (case open): 3 3/8 × 1 3/4 in. (8.7 × 4.5 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
- Accession Number:
Dinner guests are stunned as Death flies in to spoil the party. A jug on the table is overturned in the confusion, and one man breathes his last. Above, angels sound the trumpets of the Last Judgment. The inscriptions, warning of final judgment, are similar in message and placement to those carved in wood on other beads, suggesting that the silver case was an upgrade to an original boxwood shell. The tiny holes in the metal signal that it may have contained a perfumed substance.