Monogrammed Death

By: Matthew Battles
February 26, 2009

A Skull balanced against a stone block; the letters LB intertwined with the jaw

We’d like to think the L and the B signify Low Brow. But they more likely represent the initials of engraver M. Lucas Brunn, who made this memento mori in Germany around 1600. From the great Flickr stream Kinzertorium, which collects early modern images of monsters, martyrs, and mayhem.