Horn or Bone Classic Skull Ring
Classic skull ring made of real bone or horn
Handmade from natural materials: slight variations in shape, size, colors and patterns are possible
Hand carved detailed ring made of genuine American buffalo horn or bone in shape of a skull
Please note that the sizes may vary +/- 1 mm due to handwork.
Since rings from natural materials can break more easily than rings made of metals, the ring size should be chosen always slightly larger. Rings from wood, horn or bone too tight are more likely to crack or break.
The skull is a widely known symbol of Vanitas and "Memento Mori" which goes to show the body's limited time on earth and it's inevitable turn to dust. The skull, domicile of the brain, is perceived in many cultures as the vessel of the spirit and the soul and thus as the source for thought and life. Skulls were amongst other things used in alchemy for conversion processes. Vanitas symbols - mostly with moralizing intent - are supposed to remind of perish-ability of life and of material goods. Another one of their themes is the escape of everything lively from violent interference. The term "Memento Mori" originated in Latin and means literally "Remember to die" (means -that you will have to die). In use is also "Memento Mortis" ("Remember death"). The exhortation "Memento Mori" was already used in the antiquity. A slave in ancient Rome would stand behind his successful (in battle) master, who was given a victory parade, holding a laurel wreath and the Jupiter temple crown above his head reminding him without pause of the following:
- Memento mori: Remember that you will have to die!
- Memento te hominem esse: Remember that you are human.
- Respice post te, hominem te esse memento: Look around - think, that you are only human.
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