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A rare memento mori post-mortem photograph from the Orient. Young boy, propped on pillows. Wish I knew what country this was from (vertical writing makes me think Japan or China), and what the words below the image said. Is it a prayer? A dedication?

A rare memento mori post-mortem photograph from the Orient. Young boy, propped on pillows. Wish I knew what country this was from (vertical writing makes me think Japan or China), and what the words below the image said. Is it a prayer? A dedication?

Folded hands... it breaks my heart to think of all the pain and anguish

Folded hands... it breaks my heart to think of all the pain and anguish

This is nicely done. I like when objects of interest are included. It presents a great snapshot of who the person was in life.

This is nicely done. I like when objects of interest are included. It presents a great snapshot of who the person was in life.

Beginning in the mid-1800s, post-mortem photography (or memento mori) was a popular way to honor and remember the dead. Most were taken shortly after death, and could look incredibly life-like. Photographs were expensive, so often the post-mortem picture was the only one ever taken of an individual. Families evidently thought it better to have the remembrance than to lose ithe opportunity.

Beginning in the mid-1800s, post-mortem photography (or memento mori) was a popular way to honor and remember the dead. Most were taken shortly after death, and could look incredibly life-like. Photographs were expensive, so often the post-mortem picture was the only one ever taken of an individual. Families evidently thought it better to have the remembrance than to lose ithe opportunity.

Antique Post Mortem CDV Photo Dead Baby from Leadville Colorado Mary Byrne | eBay

Antique Post Mortem CDV Photo Dead Baby from Leadville Colorado Mary Byrne | eBay

Previous Pinner: It's rare to see a coloured person in a post mortem photograph but a somewhat welcomed sight when one can be found. In this one, you can see a small child - possibly a boy - and possibly a parent's hand reaching out over him.

Previous Pinner: It's rare to see a coloured person in a post mortem photograph but a somewhat welcomed sight when one can be found. In this one, you can see a small child - possibly a boy - and possibly a parent's hand reaching out over him.

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