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“Life is only a borrowing of bones.”

In the end, everyone is aware of this:
nobody keeps any of what he has,
and life is only a borrowing of bones.

— Pablo Neruda, “October Fullness”


Illustration from Of the Structure of the Human Body.  Andreas Vesalius (author and illustrator).  Woodcut.

There is some confusion about the date of this illustration.  Most sources point to the book indicated above.  Two editions were published; one in 1543 and one in 1555.

Succubus carving, 16th Century, photograph by Andrew Dunn, 2006

“One of seven a 16th century wooden corbels supporting a jettied floor of a former coaching inn at 25 Magdalene Street, Cambridge. The bracket is in the form of a succubus, showing that the inn was also a brothel. The building is mid-16th-century and was originally the Cross Keys Inn, the largest of five inns that used to be in Magdalene Street.”  —  from Wkimedia Commons


Photo credit:  By © Andrew Dunn (http://www.andrewdunnphoto.com/) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons.