Bowls and vessels as a metaphor for death
- 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.