MEMENTO MORI 18th CENTURY GEORGIAN SILVER SKULL RING SKELETON AT TOMB JEWELRY
18th Century Georgian Silver Memento Mori Ring with Skeleton sitting at Tomb Stone reading "RIP" with Snakes.
18th century AD. A silver ring with D-section hoop, X-motifs and pellets to the shoulders imitating snakeskin; openwork lentoid bezel composed of four fierce serpent heads with gaping jaws and biting the raised oval bezel, intaglio motif of a seated skeleton resting against the side of a tombstone inscribed with 'RIP', skeleton's right hand resting on the ground and left hand holding a bouquet of flowers, flowers laid on the ground in front of the tombstone and other vegetation on the field, 'memento mori' inscription for 'remember you must die' to the left edge.
7.18 grams, 22.64mm overall, 18.42mm internal diameter (approximate size British O, USA 7, Europe 14.98, Japan 14) (1").
From the private collection of a Buckinghamshire gentleman; acquired on the UK art market before 2000.