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Memento mori; ivory; carved; one side depicts face being eaten by worms, other side depicts skull with toad in mouth; inscription on both sides in black paint; vertical pierced hole.  France, 16th century

Memento mori; ivory; carved; one side depicts face being eaten by worms, other side depicts skull with toad in mouth; inscription on both sides in black paint; vertical pierced hole. France, 16th century

Memento mori from a string of prayer beads, with the inscription: ‘AINSI SERONS NOUS WI OU DEMAIN’ (So shall we be, today or tomorrow)  South Netherlands, c. 1500-1525

Memento mori from a string of prayer beads, with the inscription: ‘AINSI SERONS NOUS WI OU DEMAIN’ (So shall we be, today or tomorrow) South Netherlands, c. 1500-1525

17th century memento mori skull medallion, France - Just over an inch tall with an enamel face, ruby eyes, and a yellow gold skull, it hinges open to eight interior compartments

17th century memento mori skull medallion, France - Just over an inch tall with an enamel face, ruby eyes, and a yellow gold skull, it hinges open to eight interior compartments

Rosary Bead. (1525-1550)  V & A

Rosary Bead. (1525-1550) V & A

memento mori n.noun 1.  A reminder of death or mortality, especially a death's-head. 2.  A reminder of human failures or errors.

memento mori n.noun 1. A reminder of death or mortality, especially a death's-head. 2. A reminder of human failures or errors.

Ivory Memento Mori Cane-Ca. 1860

Ivory Memento Mori Cane-Ca. 1860

15th century Memento Mori double-faced carved figure

Medieval Art

15th century Memento Mori double-faced carved figure

Codognato

Codognato

Memento mori (ivory model of human skeleton next to a case in which it can be suspended), 18th century (© Wellcome Images)

Memento mori (ivory model of human skeleton next to a case in which it can be suspended), 18th century (© Wellcome Images)

Ile-de-France (vers/about 1530), La "Mort Saint-Innocent" / The "Death Saint-Innovent" © Musée du Louvre - Pierre Philibert

Ile-de-France (vers/about 1530), La "Mort Saint-Innocent" / The "Death Saint-Innovent" © Musée du Louvre - Pierre Philibert

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