Magnificent Antique Memento Mori Ivory Netsuke Skull Snake c1890

$2,945.00

This Magnificent Antique Memento Mori Ivory Netsuke Skull Snake c1890 is about as good as they come.  The most anatomically accurate example seen!
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What a Magnificent Antique Memento Mori Ivory Netsuke Skull Snake is this remarkable  c1890 piece.

A near perfect example of Memento Mori   >>>>>>>>>  with the piece reminding us all of the inevitable end for us all ……….   with the diamond head snake  ~  sitting , triumphantly ,  on top of the human skull {in degradation}  >>>>>>>>>>>>>>  signifying the the triumph & inevitably of death over life.

MEMENTO MORI.

This outstanding 19thC Japanese Netsuke stands out amongst the best seen as the most anatomically accurate antique elephant ivory Netsuke that I have seen or been able to access on the net.   I have seen some that are perhaps more decorative or ‘appealingly carved’  ~   yet none that paid the same attention to anatomical details as this exceptional piece.

Coming to you straight from the late 1800’s   ~   This Magnificent Antique Memento Mori Ivory Netsuke Skull Snake c1890 has the  “IT Factor”  …………. when handled or viewed in person ,  that indefinable  “IT”  factor that draws one to the piece rather than other fine examples ‘sitting next to it’.

With the piece being in absolutely fantastic condition with zero damage of any kind.   The attention to detail being to the extent that Every single ‘mark’  to the piece is actually carving ……………  I.E. All of the ‘cracks’  in the skull are carved into the piece to simulate a old skull dried out & parasite eaten via the ‘worm holes’  &  mentioned cracking of the skull.

The base of the rear of the skull being  not as symmetrical or easily to define from some angles ,  is once again extremely accurate for the intended reference of being  “a very old dried & brittle human skull”  ~   left to the elements perhaps.

With the red eyed diamond head snake & a smirk to his victorious face ,  sitting triumphantly on the skull as a reminder to All human beings final fate ,  on this planet at least  …….. Can & Should be seen as a reminder of our & Your fate  >>>>>>>>>>>  And Encourage us all to live life to the fullest & appreciate the many things we do have to appreciate & celebrate!!!

That is a a widely held opinion of the real meaning of MOMENTO MORI  >>>>>> although , with many looking at this Magnificent Antique Memento Mori Ivory Netsuke Skull Snake  that may not be the first thing that comes to mind!

Extremely tactile & difficult to hand back ,   this handsome antique Netsuke truly is a classic piece of antique Memento Mori.      Being approx; 37 mm’s front to back  ~  by  40 mm’s High  ~  by  30 mm wide  &  around  31.5 gm’s in weight  ……. & made from ANTIQUE Elephant Ivory   ~  you can see why it is So tactile.

I see this museum grade Magnificent Antique Memento Mori Ivory Netsuke Skull Snake from the 1890’s  as being an excellent example of >>>>>>>>>>>> just how differently , different people will view the same item.

Glass half Full  Or  Half empty type of thing  >>>>>>>>>>>>>> is this a  ‘horribly scary thing’  that   “I couldn’t have in My house” …….. OR   “an amazing reminder to Your end  &  to savour ,  enjoy & make the most of what You have before the inevitable comes knocking”   >>>>>>>>>>>>  all wrapped up in an extremely beautifully & accurately hand carved 120 year old Ivory Japanese Netsuke of a Human Skull with snake atop !!     I see it as the latter.

If you share the same or similar opinion to me on this Magnificent Antique Memento Mori Ivory Netsuke Skull Snake c1890  &  would like to purchase or ask any questions ,  please feel free to email for a same day response.