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There’s no shortage of leering skulls; most are memento mori, but one is a parlor trick.
In this way and in others, the memento mori are clearly somewhat personal.
In medieval Europe, the skeleton was commonly portrayed as a memento mori—a reminder of the inevitability of death.
Shot in available light in a way that brings out the soft drifts of feathers and tender tufts of fur, the creatures seem halfway between death and life, reminiscent of medieval memento mori while also appearing strangely new.
And her apartment is a daily memento mori, or at least a memory palace.
Vera’s very busy, very strange day, a day of confrontations, wily falsehoods and refusals, is a kind of memento mori.
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Memento mori literally means "Remember you must die". The early Puritan settlers were particularly aware of death and fearful of what it might mean, so a Puritan tombstone will often display a memento mori intended for the living. These death's-heads or skulls may strike us as ghoulish, but they helped keep the living on the straight and narrow for fear of eternal punishment. In earlier centuries, an educated European might place an actual skull on his desk to keep the idea of death always present in his mind.
Origin and Etymology of memento mori
First Known Use: 1598See Words from the same year
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