catafalques

Feb 14

Smugglerius and Galata Morente (The Dying Galatian). 

The original cast was made in 1776 under the direction of the anatomist, William Hunter. Hunter was so impressed by the musculature of a man who was hanged at Tyburn that, rather than dissect the man, as he had intended, he decided to preserve the body, placing it in a pose based on the classical form of the Dying Gaul. A bronze cast of the man was made and was used for teaching purposes at the Royal Academy in London. Using mock Latin, students of the Royal Academy nicknamed the cast ‘Smuggler us’, likening the flayed man to the grander classical statues seen alongside him, whilst  acknowledging his criminal status as a smuggler or thief. (x)

"Take a young fat dog and kill him, scald and clean him as you would a pig, then extract his guts through a hole previously made in his side, and substitute in the place thereof, two handfuls of nettles, two ounces of brimstone, one dozen hen eggs, four ounces of turpentine, a handful of tanzy, a pint of red fishing worms, and about three-fourths of a pound of tobacco, cup up fine; mix all those ingredients well together before deposited in the dog’s belly, and then sew up the whole [sic], then roast him well before a hot fire, save the oil, anoint the joints and weak parts before the fire as hot as you can bear it."

- a folk remedy to ease the pain of rheumatism, as quoted in Ann Anderson’s Snake Oil, Hustlers and Hambones: The American Medicine Show

Jan 30
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Jan 13

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skull of a full beauchene skeleton. at the nmhm, silver spring, MD. my photo, do not remove credit.
Jan 12

skull of a full beauchene skeleton. at the nmhm, silver spring, MD. my photo, do not remove credit.

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Jan 11

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Jan 10

pre-columbian peruvian skulls (owned by the DoD…) at the nmhm, silver spring, MD. my photos, do not remove credit.

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Jan 9

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Jan 8

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elephantiasis of the scrotum. at the nmhm, silver spring, MD. my photo, do not remove credit.
Jan 7

elephantiasis of the scrotum. at the nmhm, silver spring, MD. my photo, do not remove credit.

Jan 6

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