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Sagnalibro Carpe Diem Metal Bookmark


The Romans frequently linked banqueting and death images in literature and the visual arts. In Petronius' satirical novel, the Satyricon (A.D. 60s), Trimalchio, the crass, nouveau-riche host of a dinner party, brings out a tiny silver skeleton between courses. The frame has flexible joints, and after posing it on the table in various ways, Trimalchio recites a poem that life is short and should be enjoyed before becoming a skeleton like the one he displays. He declares: "Alas for us poor mortals. Thus, we shall all be after Hades takes us away. Therefore, let us live while it goes well with us." 

Finish: Solid brass, electro-plated with non-tarnishing silver finish, giclee print
Dimensions: Approx. 1.14" W x 4.38" L (Packaged in Recycled PET Plastic Sleeve with Provenance Card)

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