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In Japanese culture the skull is understood as a memento mori, or symbol of the brevity of life. However, unlike in Europe, this idea is coloured by Buddhist tradition. Buddhism describes existence as a constant cycle of life and death, in which the body is lost but the soul preserved. In this way, skulls and bodily decay are as much a symbol of the continuity of life as a symbol of the finality of death. Here, the snakes also allude to this idea of continuation and renewal, as the snake grows and sheds new skins throughout its life. Skulls and skeletons also feature prominently in Japanese pop culture, and appear in prints by Hokusai and Hiroshige, as well as in many traditional ghost stories.
Measurements: 2 1⁄4” (5.5 cm) High