Thursday, November 8, 2012

A 17th century reminder

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.

via Artcurial


Connie | Daydream In Color said...

Wow. This is amazing. I wish I had an extra $20,000 lying around...

steph.kelley said...

What would be kept inside? What a neat piece. xoxo

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