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Ref VH1 Memento Mori Skull Ring
Fine quality, solid and substantial high carat gold memento mori ring, circa 1680 - 1700. The memento mori or death jewel served as a vehicle for reflection on the transience and vanity of earthly existence. On this ring the hoop is ornamented with a central skull motif amidst foliage and thistles, on a ground of black enamel. There is a maker's mark RL to interior. The ring is size O and 1/2 [US 7 and 1/4] and the band is just under a 1/4 of an inch wide. In fine and very wearable condition. There is an identical example in the V & A Museum jewellery collection.
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