bowls/vessels

Bowls and vessels as a metaphor for death

Vessels

  • Contain things (life)
  • Can be empty (death)
  • Tipped they can spill their contents.
  • Used as part of funeral ritual – vessels buried with deceased contain items needed in the next life
  • lachrymatories – tear bottles, Tear bottles were prevalent in ancient Roman times, when mourners filled small glass vials with tears and placed them in burial tombs as symbols of love and respect.
  • Our bodies become empty vessels at death.

Other items as a metaphor for death

  • shells once contained something living but now empty are simply a reminder to us.
  • wasps nests
  • ice / water / reflections
  • salt / sugar – crystals life, dissolved gone but presence still there but no longer visible.
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