De Manu Mortis - brooch

De Manu Mortis - brooch

$120.00Price

(this listing is made to order)


I've always had a fascination for the ornate and strange qualities found in traditional Victorian era mourning jewelry. This love inspired me to make my own version of the traditional brooch often featuring a woman's hand clutching a bundle of flowers. Traditionally, this coupling of symbols was often to reflect upon the death of a lover or significant other. Here though, the soft hand has been replaced with its skeletal under structure. "De Manu Mortis" can roughly translate as "the hand of death" or refer to the clutches of death. Flowers or a wreath of plants in mourning and memento mori art often signifies the shortness of life and how fleeting it truly is- we are plucked, only to quickly fade. 

Measures 2.5" long

 

Cast in sterling silver, darkened with patina for detail. Handmade in ohio