Memento Mori Doll, 1860
This doll is a memento mori of a stillborn child. Dated around 1860 with the theme of the seashore in the fall, with real leaves, shells, moss and more. Original base but would have once had a glass dome covering it. Wax covered plaster.
Memento mori means “remember that you must die” in the language of Latin. It serves to remind us of our own mortality, of our mistakes and failures, of the inevitable transformation of life into death. Kept as a reminder of the inevitability of death and that life is short and to live it to the fullest.