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27.10.11

OUR 1ST DIBS FAVOURITES: VEHMIC COURT OATH SKULL





Quite a dark object and we would'nt suggest it to all clients but we do like the occasional quirky piece.

Europe; Circa 16th-17th century
Utilized during the tumultuous post-Middle Age Europe, this oath skull was used in the legendary Vehmic courts of present-day Germany to "swear in" the accused who were brought before the court to answer for their crimes. The skull symbolized life and death and the accused were required to take a sacred oath of truth of their testimony with his or her hand placed atop the skull.

Info and item from MS RAU ANTIQUES