Probably French, 19th century, in 17th century style, elephant ivory head
one half of the head carved with Christ, the other with a skull ; on an ebonised wood base
H. (overall) 10.5 cm 4 in. ; (ivory) 6 cm, 2 1/3 in.
A. Tapié, Vanité - Mort que me veux-tu?, exh. cat. Fondation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent, 2010, p. 91 (as German, 17th century)