Why "when alive"?
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These three barely draped women form the image of a skull in this optical illusion postcard from early in the 20th century.
Why is it captioned "when alive"? Is this the skull of a woman remembering herself "when alive"? Or is it the skull of a man remembering his three loves "when alive"? Maybe it’s a meditation on sex and death, a "momento mori" that reminds the living of their impending death, and is counseling men on what they should be doing "when alive." Or is it saying the opposite – that men think too much about women, and should focus more on other pursuits "when alive"?
There are many optical illusions where a woman or multiple women form a skull. See my post The world’s most famous optical illusion>>