Carved ebony and fruitwood cartouches show symbols of death, including torches, barren trees, and skulls. At the bottom is an astrolabe, symbolizing astronomy.
Three wood carvings by Albert Jansz. Vinckenbrinck
German, Augsburg, about 1630
Ebony, pearwood, palm wood, oak, boxwood, marble, ivory or bone, pewter, gemstones, tortoiseshell, enamel, and oil on stone
28 3/4 x 22 13/16 x 23 1/4 in., 117 lb.