Abstract

Mourning jewelry with hair enjoyed enormous popularity in eighteenth-century Europe. The special qualities of hair as a medium for remembrance lies in its metonymic condition and its narrative implications: its cut ends refer to the absent body. The forming and framing of hair in mourning jewels both reflects and produces tensions between presence and absence, and between showing and hiding.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-315X
Print ISSN
0013-2586
Pages
pp. 139-143
Launched on MUSE
2004-10-11
Open Access
No
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