Carving of sick woman in bed, c 17th century.
3 4 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm

Carving of sick woman in bed, c 17th century.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

Description

This unusual 14 cm long ivory carving probably dates from the 17th century. In medieval times, similar but smaller carvings of sick people were sometimes incorporated into rosary beads, which were used to count prayers as they were recited.
 

Image Ref.

10306009
 

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