Memento mori skull ring

Memento Mori skull hoop

A fine quality and substantial high carat gold memento mori skull ring, dated 1735. The exterior of the hoop is engraved with an enamel skull device amidst thistles, thistle flowers and acanthus leaves all on a black enamel ground. The thistle motif symbolised earthly sorrow and Christ’s crown of thorns and the acanthus the heavenly garden. To interior the details of the deceased : G. Ligo AR Obt 14 Feb 1735 aet 48. The ring is size M and 1/2 [US 6 and 1/4] and the hoop is 1/8 of an inch wide. In fine, original and most wearable condition.

£4500