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vanitas

[van-i-tahs] /ˈvæn ɪˌtɑs/
noun
1.
a type of still-life painting that flourished in the Netherlands from about 1620 to 1650, conveying a religious message and characterized by objects symbolic of mortality and the meaninglessness of worldly pleasures.
Origin of vanitas
1905-1910
1905-10; Latin: literally, vanity
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