memento mori

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Collection of lachrymatorys (or lachrymosas), these tear catchers or tear vials - sometimes worn on a necklace, sometimes merely held - were used to gather the tears wept by mourners at funerals, to hold the tears of people mourning the passing of loved ones. One type of lachrymosa had a special top which allowed the tears to evaporate (signifying the time to stop mourning), others had a sealed top to allow the tears to last for a year, at which point they would be poured on the grave of the person whom the tears were wept for, Victorian era, 19th Century.

Ancient Roman mosaic, depicting a skeleton (perhaps a memento mori) above the Greek maxim from Delphi γνῶθι σεαυτόν (”know thyself”).  Artist unknown; 1st cent. CE (?)  Found during excavations at the convent of San Gregorio on the Via Appia, Rome; now in the National Museum, Rome.  Photo credit: Lessing Photo Archive.

Mirror, mirror, on the the wall Show me the future of us all __________________________________
This is one of the hundreds of sketches I did during my last semester at college. I’ve been working on the next ch of Fisheye Placebo so I haven’t had time to draw much else. I’ll probably be posting some old sketches until the next chapter is released.