Through photos taken at more than 250 sites in thirty countries over a decade, Paul Koudoundaris has captured death around the world. From Bolivia's "festival of the little pug-nosed ones", where skulls are festooned with flowers and given cigarettes to smoke and beanie hats to protect them from the weather to Indonesian families who dress mummies and include them in their household routines; from naturally preserved Buddhist monks and memorials to genocide in Rwanda and Cambodia to the dramatic climax of Europe's great ossuaries, Memento Mori defies taboo to demonstrate how the dead continue to be present in the lives of people everywhere.Koudounaris' previous two titles, Heavenly Bodiesand The Empire of Death, are both exquisite collections of his photographs of the reverence of death in cultures. The forthcoming title, Memento Mori, will be released in late April of this year, and is available to pre-order on Amazon.
Tentacle Candlestick Holders, $140
This week's Etsy Shop of the Week is Dellamorteco (Dellamorte & Co.), beautiful handmade housewares with mythic, occult, and macabre themes. Many of the pieces are made to be functional as well as beautiful, although you will find some jewelry and purely decorative work here as well. And if any of you are planning to send flowers on Valentine's day, I'm pretty sure the Anatomical Heart or Kraken vases will bump your posies into a whole 'nother league.
Anatomical Heart Vase, $90
Kraken Vase, $125
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