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Death's Head Specimen

Death's Head Specimen


Shadow box entomology specimen inspired by the Death’s Head Hawkmoth by Erica Williams.

Moths, sometimes known as night butterflies, are the constant symbol of the soul seeking divinity and consumed by mythical love. In some cultures they are seen as symbols of humanity in darkness. The Death’s Head Hawkmoth is unique among moths not only for it’s unusual anatomy and the unsettling mouse-like squeak it produces, but for it’s almost universal association with the supernatural and evil. The latin names of these dark omens all stem from greek words for death, including Moirai, one of the tree entities who cut the threads of life to all living beings separating their souls from their bodies and sending them to the underworld.

Featuring a solid black wood frame, each specimen features a delicately pinned moth with articulated wings. Mounted on a black background with raised levels of flowers and glittering celestial bodies, each shadow box enchants from every angle.

  • Artist Edition of 4

  • Black background with red artist seal (artist edition only)

  • Metallic moons and/or stars (not included in main edition)

  • Signed and numbered by the artist in gold ink

Materials and Specs:

  • Acrylic

  • Maple wood

  • Mohawk - Skin paper

  • Brass brads

  • Two Hole Mount


  • Height - 9.25”

  • Width - 9.25”

  • Depth - 2.875”

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