It is straightforward in its use of the timer and wings - time flies and ends - and with the incorporation of skull, which speaks of mortality. The use of simple glossy white for the surface allows the viewer to reflect upon this symbolic content without being distracted by ornate colors or design. The white also references bone or ancient marble statuary, also related to death and remembrance.
This is one of fifteen Memento Mori Souvenirs made by Malen. Its a wonderful addition to this collection, allowing for students to remember their mortality and to make the most out of what little time they have in this world.