Carved skull with mother of pearl grave worms
This "Memento Mori" skull is antique (probably late 19th century) and beautifully hand carved from a piece of tree root. The wood was obviously carefully picked for its natural resemblance to a skull, and the carving has enhanced this.
There should be more snakes (or the snake should be longer!), but sadly only one, in two sections, remains. Nevertheless it's a brilliantly macabre little piece and rare.
6 * 5 cm (about 2 * 2.5 inches) .