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Vanitas Figure, probably C Europe, In the Medicine Man Hall, Wellcome collection London.

Obscurities

hisdarknostalgia: “ ryanmatthewcohn: Ryan Matthew’s Collection. Photo by Sergio Royzen.

archiemcphee:  “This collection of 29 horses’ teeth was assembled by Louis Auzoux (1797-1880), [via Morbid Anatomy]

sixpenceee: “This collection of 29 horses’ teeth was assembled by Louis Auzoux a French doctor who made models of humans, animals and plants for use in teaching medicine and anatomy.

Double iris/Pupula duplex - An extremely rare condition where there are two pupils in one eye.

Double iris/Pupula duplex - An extremely rare condition where there are two pupils in one eye. Creepy is this for real

18th C. wax vanitas

" Vanitas are works of art intended to remind the viewer of the shortness of human life, the uselessness of vanity and the certainty of death. This example features many symbols typical for this type of object, such as a skull and insects that feast on decaying flesh. The other side of the model shows the face during life. The verse scratched on to the front is from the biblical book of Ecclesiastes and reads “vanity of vanities, all is vanity”. "

wax vanitas " vanitas are works of art intended to remind the viewer of the shortness of human life, the uselessness of vanity and the certainty of death.

"Alexandria Alexis appeared 'as if from nowhere' and took New York society by storm. Some fawned over her while others claimed she was insane."

Time travel will be invented in the year How do we know? Because that is the year that this delightful lady claimed to have traveled from. In the year This debate was however rendered moot when, on New Year's Eve she simply disappeared.

Memento Mori. France, Paris, late 15th Century. Ivory. I think it is interesting because it is the same piece of work. You can take the front off and see her inside. I think it shows a message of mortality http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/3675568/Medieval-Art.html

Hilarious photos of misspelt tattoos

Memento Mori France, Paris, late century Ivory 6 x 3 x 3 cm

Carl Tanzler & Elena Hoyos. Carl was a radiologist who met Elena in 1930 before she was diagnosed with tuberculosis. He became infatuated with the pretty young Cuban & attempted to cure her. Alas, she died a year later. Proving that love has no bounds, Carl stole her corpse after her burial & brought her to his home. He attached the rotting body together with wire, silk, wax & plaster and kept her in his bed... for 7 years. Carl would administer his sweet loving via a strategically placed…

Carl Tanzler, a radiologist from Key West, Florida, became infatuated with Elena Milagro Hoyos, who was one of his patients. When she died of tuberculosis in he had a mausoleum built for her.

"Saved by the bell!" Victorian Safety Coffin -- note the bell attached to the string in case of the deceased being buried alive -- he or she could then "ring" for help!

Coffins of the Victorian Period came equipped with an extensive system of the bell, which reportedly deceased person can ring should they not actually be deceased. Gravediggers were occasionally paid to keep watch over the graves and listen for the bells.

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