Skull Candlestick, Western Europe-Austria, 17th-18th Century. Estimate € 5,000.00. Photo Auctionata
Wood, metal. Human skull carved of wood. Mounted on a wooden Baroque base. Iron plate on top of the skull. Dimensions: 36 x 13 x 20 cm. Good condition.
Candlesticks of this sort used to stand in the chapels of rest for the wake.
This is a rare candlestick from a chapel of rest. The human skull is carved of wood and mounted on a wooden Baroque base. The foot of the base is formed as a gold painted blossom that is pierced by four bones. An iron plate is mounted on top of the skull. The skull is painted in bone color and has got no lower jaw. Candlesticks of this sort used to stand in the chapels of rest for the wake.