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Small Traveler's Bag - MORS ULTIMA RATIO

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Here we have a mysterious, weatherbeaten traveler's bag, old and worn, stained and frayed. Painted with a somber skull and woven long bones. A chilling warning - "MORS ULTIMA RATIO", latin for "Death is the final accounting." curls around the opening- daring one to undo the buttons and look inside. Who did this bag belong to? What did it once contain?

I painted this bag on cotton canvas, then dyed and frayed it until it looked good and old. In some places the paint is thick and crackly. There is some colored string and strips of frayed plaid here and there accenting the seams and giving it even more of a raggedy look. Waxed linen thread with beads and charms attach the strap to each side. Among the charms are: a pewter crucifix, a sterling Archangel Michael medallion, a bone skull bead, and a very old Chinese coin. Three vintage mother of pearl buttons secure the front flap. The inside lining is plaid. It measures 10" across the top and 9 1/2" deep down the center. The 1/2" wide strap is 52" long and can be worn across the body or hang straight down from the shoulder. This bag is quite roomy - use it to transport a treasured talisman to a fairie fest or wear it to the circus and fill it with modern day necessities - phone, credit cards...whatever you please!.

Small Traveler's Bag - MORS ULTIMA RATIO


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: cotton canvas, paint, dye, thread, string, beads, vintage buttons
  • Ships from United States to select countries.
  • Feedback: 35 reviews
  • Favorited by: 90 people