In Latin, Memento mori translates to remember death, and refers to an artistic tradition of symbolic paintings, sculptures and photographs that remind the viewer of our inescapable mortality.
Young Man Holding a Skull, Frans Hals (1626)
Saint Jerome, Albrecht Durer (1521)
Still Life with a Skull, Philippe de Champaigne (1671)
Carved ivory rosary, Metropolitan museum (circa 16th century)
Mayan Pre-Columbian sculpture, National Gallery of Victoria