A Guide to the Birds of the British Isles – The Winged Skull

Here is a setup shot of the ‘Winged Skull’ still life in the ‘Vanitas’ style which is the final shot in this series for the book. The Magpie wings were supplied by a taxidermy specialist.

Through time there is a close connection between the skull with crossbones symbol and the skull with wings symbol. A skull is representative of the transitory nature of life and death, or sometimes the death-resurrection cycle. Sometimes skulls are shown with wings, called death’s heads or winged death, symbolizing the fleeting nature of life and death.


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