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54 Custom Hand Drawn Playing Cards, That Reminds About The Vanity Of Earthly Life
54 Custom Hand Drawn Playing Cards, That Reminds About The Vanity Of Earthly Life
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Memento Mori Collection Playing Cards by NoirArts (NPCC)

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Memento mori (Latin: "remember (that you have) to die") is the medieval Latin theory and practice of reflection on mortality, especially as a means of considering the vanity of earthly life and the transient nature of all earthly goods and pursuits. It is related to the ars moriendi ("The Art of Dying") and related literature.

Memento mori has been an important part of ascetic disciplines as a means of perfecting the character, by cultivating detachment and other virtues, and turning the attention towards the immortality of the soul and the afterlife. 

In art, memento mori are artistic or symbolic reminders of mortality.

In the European Christian art context, "the expression... developed with the growth of Christianity, which emphasized Heaven, Hell, and salvation of the soul in the afterlife."

Life is short, and shortly it will end;

Death comes quickly and respects no one,

Death destroys everything and takes pity on no one.

To death we are hastening, let us refrain from sinning.

If you do not turn back and become like a child,

And change your life for the better,

You will not be able to enter, blessed, the Kingdom of God.

To death we are hastening, let us refrain from sinning.

http://www.maxplayingcards.com/en/2016/04/21/memento-mori-collection-carpe-diem-and-vanitas-playing-cards-it-is-inevitable-you-like-them/

Review by Kardify : http://www.kardify.com/2016/04/kickstarter-carpe-diem-and-vanitas.html

Carpe diem is usually translated "seize the day". The expression "memento mori" ("remember that you are mortal") carries some of the same connotation as "carpe diem". Mindfulness of our own mortality is key in making us realize the importance of the moment. "Remember that you are mortal, so seize the day."

Memento Mori Collection Carpe Diem playing cards deck created in black and white colors. It include 2 extra cards (revealed later), unique for this edition. Tuck box has embossing and custom seal.

Carpe Diem tuck interrior printed in silver
Carpe Diem tuck interrior printed in silver

The Triumph of Death Print by Philip Galle ca 1565. 

Vanitas means "emptiness" and refers to the view of earthly life and the worthless nature of all earthly goods and pursuits. The word vanitas derives its prominence from the Ecclesiastes, and in Vulgate the verse is rendered as "Vanitas vanitatum omnia vanitas".

Memento Mori Collection Vanitas playing cards deck is more artistic, with antique-look, ground color scheme. Features Memento and Vanitas bonus cards. Tuck box has embossing and custom seal.

Vanitas tuck interrior printed in copper
Vanitas tuck interrior printed in copper

Memento mori: a corpse, all skin and bones, lying in a landscape, a scythe in his hand; around him, putti playing music and singing, and monkeys chained up to a ball. Anonymous French woodcut dated c.1580.

CARPE DIEM deck seal
CARPE DIEM deck seal
VANITAS deck seal
VANITAS deck seal
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2 uncut sheets, printed from both sides, directly from printing press
2 uncut sheets, printed from both sides, directly from printing press

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