memento mori

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memento mori

an object, such as a skull, intended to remind people of the inevitability of death

Memento mori

An image meant to serve as a reminder of death, usually a human skull or skeleton.
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The later chapters show how frequently momento mori portraits map their reminders of mortality onto images of the living body just as, in cartography itself, vanitas symbols litter the margins or the spaces of terra incognita on maps, often problematizing the boundaries that conventionally mark off the separate registers of the symbolic and the real.
It was a momento mori - that's Latin for a reminder that you're mortal.
In Momento Mori we wonder at the truth about the mysterious phone calls reminding the elderly they will die.