MEMENTO MORI

Roughly Latin for “remember that you have to die.” This practice of reflecting mortality dates to the early Greeks, and is reflected in writings, artwork, jewelry, artifacts, icons, and decorative objects within a number of cultures and religions. Examples can be found in Medieval Europe, the Puritans, the Victorian Era, Mexico’s Day of the Dead, Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity.

 

Rather than bleak or morbid, the Memento Mori tradition can be seen as a gentle reminder that life is fleeting—and may enjoin us to make the most of our limited days on earth.

Preserved Pigeon Heart in Glass Dome
Preserved Pigeon Heart in Glass Dome
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Coyote Teeth in Resin Pendant
Coyote Teeth in Resin Pendant
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Rabbit Foot Memento Mori
Rabbit Foot Memento Mori
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Pigeon Vertebrae Pendant
Pigeon Vertebrae Pendant
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Rat Skull Memento Mori
Rat Skull Memento Mori
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Rat Skull Memento Mori
Rat Skull Memento Mori
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Pigeon Vertebrae Pendant
Pigeon Vertebrae Pendant
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Raccoon Paw Memento Mori
Raccoon Paw Memento Mori
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Cow Tooth Memento Mori
Cow Tooth Memento Mori
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Cow Tooth Memento Mori
Cow Tooth Memento Mori
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Fox Teeth Pendant
Fox Teeth Pendant
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Fox Paw Memento Mori
Fox Paw Memento Mori
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Fox Paw Memento Mori
Fox Paw Memento Mori
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Feline Vertebrae Memento Mori
Feline Vertebrae Memento Mori
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Woodchuck Paw Memento Mori
Woodchuck Paw Memento Mori
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Woodchuck Paw Memento Mori
Woodchuck Paw Memento Mori
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Black Squirrel Paw Memento Mori
Black Squirrel Paw Memento Mori
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Juvenile Raccoon Tail Pendant
Juvenile Raccoon Tail Pendant
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Coyote Tooth in Resin Pendant
Coyote Tooth in Resin Pendant
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Feline Vertebrae in Resin Pendant
Feline Vertebrae in Resin Pendant
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Starling Skull Memento Mori
Starling Skull Memento Mori
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Starling Skull Memento Mori
Starling Skull Memento Mori
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Feline Heart in Resin Pendant
Feline Heart in Resin Pendant
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Raccoon Vertebrae Necklace
Raccoon Vertebrae Necklace
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Squirrel Paw Memento Mori
Squirrel Paw Memento Mori
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Squirrel Paw Memento Mori
Squirrel Paw Memento Mori
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Squirrel Paw in Resin Pendant
Squirrel Paw in Resin Pendant
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Cow Tooth Memento Mori
Cow Tooth Memento Mori
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Coyote Teeth in Resin Pendant
Coyote Teeth in Resin Pendant
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Black Squirrel Paw in Resin Pendant
Black Squirrel Paw in Resin Pendant
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Squirrel Paw in Resin Pendant
Squirrel Paw in Resin Pendant
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Squirrel Heart in Resin Pendant
Squirrel Heart in Resin Pendant
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