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Ivory skeleton suspended in a case, Europe, 1701-1800

Memento mori statues were used to remind people of the shortness of human life and the uselessness of material luxuries. This ivory model of a skeleton is suspended in its case. The door can be opened to reveal the skeleton.

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Glossary: skeleton

The bones or bony framework of an animal body considered as a whole; also, more generally, the harder (supporting or covering) constituent part of an animal organism.

Glossary: memento mori

Symbols intended to remind the viewer of death. Memento mori are often objects such as skulls or hourglasses, but can also be written inscriptions.