Fine Jewellery

A Georgian Carved Bone Momento Mori Skull Stick Pin


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  • Details
    A rare and morbidly fascinating Georgian hand carved Momento Mori skull stick pin, made out of a piece of human femur! The skull is set on an 18kt yellow gold barley twist stick pin. Dating to the early 1800's

    Memento Mori are an enduring tradition in Western European culture. These works of art, sometimes small and beautiful, sometimes imposing and magnificent, served and serve as a reminder that all humans, no matter their differences, will one day die. It is believed that the practice originates in Ancient Rome. When victorious generals returned home from war and were given glorious parades in their honour, it is said that one slave would always walk behind the general, saying, “Respice post te. Hominem te memento,” roughly translating to ‘Look to what comes after you. Remember you are just a man.’ In the Middle Ages, this idea resurfaced and was used in a Christian context to remind churchgoers that the afterlife awaited them. Church walls were adorned with elaborate memento mori art with paintings of skeletons and skulls, often showing kings, priests and peasants all being led by the hand by Death, demonstrating that no one was immune from the effects of time. Memento mori primarily had a moral and religious purpose: to remind its owner or viewer that the afterlife awaited, and to not be overly attached to material pleasures, in light of the prospect of divine judgment.

    Memento Mori became especially popular in the 16th century, and people began carrying their own personal memento mori everywhere in the form of pocket watches, lockets and jewellery.
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