Skull

Skull

Skull | 2013 | Lambda Print | Edition of 3

Skull is based on the ancient Greek funeral rite of placing coins on the eyes of the deceased, in order to pay Charon the ferryman to convey the dead into the afterlife. Although completely common in the popular imagination, the placing of coins on the eyes is totally apocryphal. The archaeological records show coins in the mouth was the standard burial custom.

The coin in Skull is not a obol, or any other ancient coin, but a contemporary R5 coin.

Skull

Skull | 2013 |Polyurethane and Oil Paint

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