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206 BC: The Jade Suit of Liu Sheng

The jade burial suit of Liu Sheng, son of the emperor Jing Di who ruled over the principality of Zhongshan during the Han Dynasty (206 BC- 24 AD), was constructed in the belief that the stone’s magical connection to eternal life … Continue reading

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1784: Cenotaph

Etienne-Louis Boullée: Cénotaphe de Newton (1784); for his proposal for a cenotaph for Isaac Newton, Boullée envisioned a 500-foot tall sphere encircled by plateaus containing hundreds of cypress trees. (source)

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1902: Grief

Anna Archer: Grief (1902)

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2nd Century: I Was Trained to Run Boldly through Strange Forests

A 1st or 2nd century Roman epitaph for a pet dog named Margarita (“Pearl”), written from the point of view of the deceased: [G]ALLIA · ME · GENVIT · NOMEN · MIHI · DIVITIS · VNDAE CONCHA · DEDIT · … Continue reading

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600 BC: Life / Death

Tlatilco Mask (1100-600 BC);  the Tlatilco culture flourished in the Valley of Mexico between 1250 and 800 BC.

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1822: Murmurs of the Air

Despite the fact that Percy Bysshe Shelley had been expelled from Oxford University in 1811 for publishing an anonymous pamphlet called The Necessity of Atheism, this elaborate memorial was erected to the poet there in 1893. Shelly had drowned off … Continue reading

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331 BC: Jars

Limestone Canopic Jars (Ptolemaic Period, 332 – 31 BC). After mummification, the viscera of the individual were stored in jars for the afterlife: Duamatef—the jackal: the stomach. Hapy—the baboon: the lungs. Imsety—the human: the liver. Qebehsenuf—the falcon: the intestines. Click … Continue reading

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