This famous photograph is of the "Lovers of Valdaro," two neolithic lovers locked in an eternal embrace. The human obsessions of love and death are equally aroused by this powerful image and the mysterious story behind it.
The Empire of Death ~ The Bones of St Pancratius are found at the Church of St Niklaus in Wil, Switzerland. He was originally robed in clothes by nuns in the late 1600s but in 1777 – the centenary of his bones arriving in Wil – he was dressed in this magnificent commissioned suit of armour.
If the jaw isn't strapped shut when a body is mummified, it naturally falls open during the process of decay, leaving a permanent "scream." Most modern burial practices account for this -- the ghost of Jacob Marley, Scrooge's business partner in A Christmas Carol, is always shown with that weird headband/chinstrap for precisely this reason. But not all cultures take closing the jaw into account, or sometimes the knots tying the mouth shut just slip.
Heavenly Bodies: Relics of Catholic Saints - in pictures