A striking 18th century wax head: half skull covered in insects and reptiles; half resembling Queen Elizabeth I. Underneath is inscribed, ‘Vanity of vanities, all is vanity’. Sarah Jaffray explores the symbolism of death and beauty in this curious tableau.
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