Memento Mori Slide
A very rare 17th Century Memento Mori slide with later brooch attachment (this attachment can be easily removed). Memento Mori slides were designed to be worn on ribbons either at the neck or on the wrist. They served as an ever present reminder of the wearer’s mortality. This piece of mourning jewellery made in solid gold with enamels, some of which have become lose over the years, contains a full skeleton holding a bone and hour glass, with remnants of enamel tongues of fire around the outside edge.
"Memento mori" translated from Latin means - “Remember you must die.” The message spurred this style of jewellery, dating as far back as the 16th century. Memento mori jewellery being designed to remind wearers of their mortality.
This is a rare and early piece dating from around Circa 1680's
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