(U.S. Dept. of War, 1944)
“Vanitas vanitatum et omnia vanitas”
A wax Vanitas tableau, life-sized, resembling Elizabeth I, 18th Century.
Browne’s skull became something of a relic in 1840 during the digging of a vault next to his grave, which disturbed his remains.
Ironically enough, Browne himself said:
“To be gnawed out of our graves, to have our skulls made drinking-bowls, and our bones turned into pipes to delight and sport our enemies, are tragical abominations.”