I’m doing a research paper on tight lacing and I’ve started researching anatomy. I has to share this with you!
It’s listed as “a female skeleton showing the effects of tight lacing on the thoracic cage.”
Mutter Museum, The College of Physicians Philadelphia.
Visiting the Mutter Museum is on my bucket list.
Secret poison case disguised as a book, 17th century
I have no idea where it’s from but it’s pretty amazing.
6,965 notes … Seriously!!!!!
Robe à la Fluxion de Poitrine, des Ateliers de Mademoiselle Vanité(The pneumonia dress from Miss Vanity’s boutique)
Published by Maison Aubert in 1834 [Printmaker: Charles Philipon]
This print appears in a 2-volume caricature compilation set but was almost certainly produced prior to 1830 in a series by Philipon called ‘Nouveau Journal de Modes’. [Image source]
Adorn’d with Tates, I well could Boast,
Of Tons and Macaronys Toast;
I once was Fair, Young Frisky, Gay
Could please with songs and Dance the Hay
Bells reflect Ye Mortals see,
As I now am so you will be
Published in London in 1778
Lightweight summer corset ca. 1871 “This skeleton-like corset is unique in form, for it is lighter and less restricting. The open spaces make it a cooler and comfortable choice for warmer weather. Most likely, this corset would be worn with casual day wear, due to its simplicity, the only detail being the lace trim at top.”
Lightweight summer corset ca. 1871
“This skeleton-like corset is unique in form, for it is lighter and less restricting. The open spaces make it a cooler and comfortable choice for warmer weather. Most likely, this corset would be worn with casual day wear, due to its simplicity, the only detail being the lace trim at top.”
“A rare early 18th century *Memento Mori band gold known as a skeletal, as the whole length of the skeleton is employed on the outside of the hoop, with other emblems. The earliest known example is dated 1659. This ring is enamelled in black with a full skeleton, twin hearts for love and an hourglass, symbolic of the passage of time and the brevity of life. It is size J [US 4 and 5/8] and the band is 1/8 of an inch wide. A rare ring which has survived in amazingly good condition with enamel intact.”
Balancing our look at the Savage ring above is this equally magnificent memento mori ring with very closely related symbolism. Memento mori symbols are quite highly coveted by collectors as the symbolism of the skeleton still resonates today for mortality, as it always has, hence these pieces are very obvious in their intent.
Let’s look at the differences in the style. What we can gather about each is that there was a clear evolution in the standard of the painting of the symbolism from this particular piece, which is earlier and the Savage ring, which is later. Note the skull first. We have dimension added to the Savage ring, with the head turned to an angle, showing the full perspective of the skull and the jaw. Also, the jaw is stylistically drawn. The elongated rib cage on the Savage ring cascades across the roll of the band, which this particular ring doesn’t have, with the Savage ring adding another three ribs to the anatomy in order to stretch it out. Note also how the average band bows in at the legs and simply works well with its form factor. There’s much to appreciate about the artistry, as well as the basic premise of the stunning symbolism itself. The tempus fugit symbol is generally similar, though just altered around the shading.
*Memento Mori: remember you must die