Zsolnay "Skull on Bible" Porcelain Object, c. 1900


Skull with rosary on bible
Designed by Lajos Mack for Zsolnay
Porcelain with eosin glaze
c. 1900

Stamped on bottom: 'ML'; Red stamp with '5783', 'Zsolnay/Pécs'; 'Made in Hungary'

Recalling the Dutch vanitas still life works of the 17th century, this arrangement reminds the viewer of life's impermanence and the certainty of death, all while emphasizing the importance of achieving salvation. Zsolnay's proprietary iridescent eosin glaze shimmers with metallic hues of green, gold, and purple at nearly every angle.