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By the 18th century the previous centuries mortality iconography had shifted to that of mourning and love for those that had passed, as opposed to the dwelling on death itself.

Skulls and hourglasses had been replaced with weeping willow trees and darkly romantic cemetery scenes.

The 17th century memento mori of ‘Remember to Die’ had been replaced with such phrases in this frame as:

‘In Death lamented, as in life beloved’.

This art is influenced by historical examples of the 18th and 19th century that were worn as brooches and pendants.

Handbuilt frame cast in strong gypsum casting plaster. Hanging wire is cast into the ba