Thursday, November 8, 2012
This 17th century memento mori skull medallion is up for auction in Paris in a couple of weeks. It is just over an inch tall with an enamel face, ruby eyes, and a yellow gold skull. The skull hinges opens to eight interior compartments. Expected sale price: $16,500-$19,000.
Can you think of a more macabre symbol for memento mori (Latin for Remember you must die/Remember your mortality)? I think it is terribly effective. Also terribly beautiful.