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