Rare antique Victorian Sterling silver Doctors MEMENTO MORI SKULL cigarette case. Decorated with a smiling skull and a tag with engraved Latin motto "Omnium artium medicina nobilissima est" (The medicine is the most noble art of all) This is a link to the tradition of the memento mori - an object designed to remind us that life is brief and that we should seize the moment while we are here.
Since the beginning of time, the skull is been used as a symbol of mortality, victory, the ultimate Memento Mori. The skull represented the contemplation of eternity. In Elizabethan England, it was an emblem of bawds, rakes and sexual adventure. Its a symbol men, in particular, have always loved to paint, carve, cast, and wear.Provenance:This unique piece comes directly from the famous Skulls collection of Dr. Atanas Karamanov, who was the personal physician to King Ferdinand I of Bulgaria.
Karamanov was also a member of the first Bulgarian Regular Masonic Lodge named Balkanska Zvezda c1890's. His collection contain over 1200 skull watches, skull goblets, skull victorican jewelry etc...IT IS A SIGNIFICANT PART OF THE DESCRIPTION. Every potencial defect which is shown in the photos, but not mention in the description, will be considered for described. All the photos shoot by professional Nikon 105 Macro lens under 40x diopter magnification, so you can explore even the smallest detail like under microscope! The item "Rare antique Victorian Sterling silver Doctors MEMENTO MORI SKULL cigarette case" is in sale since Wednesday, April 29, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Non-U.
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