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Skull

Date:
17th century
Culture:
German or Netherlandish
Medium:
Ivory
Dimensions:
Height: 3 1/16 in. (7.8 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Miniature
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 1988
Accession Number:
1988.334
Not on view
Although replicas of skulls were often kept as reminders of the imminence of death, the obsessive, anatomically correct detailing of this skull-both inside and out-suggests that it was a curiosity intended for cabinet of exotica.
Mrs. Charles Wrightsman , New York (until 1988; to MMA)
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