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The Vince Cardboard Skull Model

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Memento mori is Latin for “Remember death.” The phrase is believed to originate from an ancient Roman tradition in which a servant would be tasked with standing behind a victorious general as he paraded through town. As the general basked in the glory of the cheering crowds, the servant would whisper in his ear: "Respice post te! Hominem te esse memento! Memento mori!" "Look behind you! Remember that you are but a man! Remember that you will die!"

Memento mori. Remember that you will die.

For men living in antiquity all the way up until the beginning of the 20th century, thinking about death wasn't considered morbid or depressing, but rather as motivation to live a good, meaningful, and virtuous life. To help people remember death, artists created paintings, sculptures, and mosaics depicting skulls, skeletons, and other morbid symbols. Meditating on these objects would inspire a man to make the most of his fleeting time on earth.

Put your own memento mori piece in your home or office with the Vince Skull from Cardboard Safari. Made from recycled cardboard, the skull comes to you flat-packed and is fun to put together. Simply pop out the laser-cut pieces and assemble using slot construction. Magically, before your eyes, a human skull will appear in your hands, and admonish you ever after to remember death, and live life to the fullest!

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