Memento Mori Colonial Winged Soul Pendant in Copper
If you've ever visited any of the old colonial era port towns of New England, you'll likely recognize this recurring motif in the old cemetaries. This design is called a "winged soul" or "death's head" which symbolizes the fleetingness of life and the soul soaring into the afterlife. This symbol and many others were carved in to the headstones of the more affluent populations during the 1700's.
This pendant is created thru an etching process on to the surface of copper sheet. The metal is then oxidized to darken the details and then polished to bring out the highlights of the metal, and to create a more dimensional effect. The copper will oxidize with wear, but can be quickly scrubbed with household agents like baking soda, lemon juice, or even toothpaste to bring the shine back.
The pendant measures 2 1/8" wide and 1" tall, and can be suspended by your choice of either copper or oxidized sterling silver chain. 18" length, and finished with a lobster clasp closure.