Architectural pediment with "memento mori" symbols - Baroque - Oak - Second half 17th century

Description
Architectural pediment with "memento mori" symbols - Baroque - Oak - Second half 17th century
Flanders

A rare carved oak architectural pediment - originally placed above the entrance of a chapel or crypt - depicting a winged hourglass, scythe and flaming torch surrounded by typical Baroque "C" and "S"-shape scrollwork. The winged hourglass symboles "tempus fugit" or "time flies", typically employed as an admonition against sloth and procrastination. One wing is the one of an angel whilst the other is the wing of a bath ! The scythe is the attribute of the Grim Reaper or Death itself. Finally the flaming torch symbolizes life, which can be extinguished rapidly, as life itself.

Flanders. Baroque. 2nd half 17th century.

Lot details
Object
Architectural pediment with "memento mori" symbols
Material
Oak
Style
Baroque
Estimated Period
Second half 17th century
Country of Origin
Flanders
Condition
Good condition - used with small signs of aging & blemishes
Dimensions
27.5×58×0 cm
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