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?
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.
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.