A World of Vanity

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A World of Vanity
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The globe, in the guise of a peacock, stands on a skull that a jester starts chiseling with a mischievous smile.
One possible interpretation of these symbols is that the world, vain as it is, doesn’t stand on any firmer ground than its own mortality, and folly is hard at work to hasten its fall.

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