Arcana Obscura

Et In Arcadia Ego mourning band in sterling silver or gold

"Et in arcadia ego," which translates to "I too have been to Arcadia," is the title of several paintings and prints by Nicolas Poussin (1637), Guercino (1618), Johann Schütz (1788), and others. It was an early Modern theme that combined an affinity for ancient Greek imagery and philosophy with a contemporary preoccupation with human mortality. Arcadia is an idyllic Greek landscape representing a blissful, utopian mental state, and the "I" in the title is death incarnate, personified by a skull or, in most paintings, an inscribed tomb. Thus the phrase "et in Arcadia ego" becomes a memento mori; a reminder that even in bliss, death awaits. Cast in your choice of partially oxidized sterling silver, 10k gold, or 14k gold. Band measures 1/8" wide. sterling silver: $60 10k gold: $335 14k rose or yellow gold: $535 Please note that the last image shows this design along with the Georgian mourning band and the Georgian skull band. ***Please be sure that you know your correct ring size. I will resize rings for a fee of $20, which includes return shipping. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I make each piece to order, so please allow 2-4 weeks for shipment. US orders ship via USPS Priority. International orders ship via USPS First Class with insurance. EUROPEAN BUYERS: Etsy will charge you customs tax (VAT) on all items below €150. For items over €150, you will be charged VAT upon receipt of your package. Please be aware of your country's customs laws before placing a purchase.

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