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Memento Mori: the skull of Sir Thomas Browne rests on top of a…

Memento Mori: the skull of Sir Thomas Browne rests on top of a copy of his Religio Medici.

Browne’s skull became something of a relic in 1840 during the digging of a vault next to his grave, which disturbed his remains.

Ironically enough, Browne himself said:

“To be gnawed out of our graves, to have our skulls made drinking-bowls, and our bones turned into pipes to delight and sport our enemies, are tragical abominations.”