This gravestone marker is from the Goldfield Pioneer Cemetery in Goldfield, Nevada. It marks the grave of the “Unknown Library Paste Man” who was a starving vagrant who dug up a tub of library paste out of the trash and consumed enough to be a lethal dose. In addition to the flour and water, the paste contained small amounts of alum, which is poisonous when consumed in large doses.
Ivory skeleton suspended in a case, Europe, 1701-1800
Memento mori statues were used to remind people of the shortness of human life and the uselessness of material luxuries. This ivory model of a skeleton is suspended in its case. The door can be opened to reveal the skeleton.