This typical baroque still-life has its special place in my old room. What you see is also the prism of color cast on the wall by the different light sources there. The colors enhance the feeling of a door just opening to a dark room, as you can see by the shadow of the serpent's head and the reflections on the hourglass... Despite the obvious attributes of vanity and death there is a lot of hidden meaning in it: The Byzantine cross represents all kinds of duality me while the Triskell on the dagger (it's designed after mine) means eternal change. One of the books I entitled 'De mysteriis mortis' (About the mysteries of death) while the Hebrew letters on the parchment read 'SalMaweth'- Shadow of death.