- A still-life artwork which includes various symbolic objects designed to
remind the viewer of their mortality and of the worthlessness of worldly
goods and pleasures.
- Artworks that remind the viewer of the shortness and fragility of life
(memento mori – Latin phrase: ‘remember you must die’).
- A figurative or metaphorical use of an image, word or expression.
- A significant or recurrent theme; a motif.