Wax anatomical models of man and woman; half-skeleton, half-living, in fashionable Regency garments.
It’s unknown if these models were intended as a darkly comic “memento mori” sort of novelty, or a teaching aid, or both.
The skeletons are accurate enough to have been used to teach students how the articulations line up in the living body, so even as a novelty, they may have had an educational use.
Models located at Science Museum London, originally created ca. 1810-1830.
Max Ernst , “The Preparation of Bone Glue” (1921).
Japanese post card
Norakuro (Suiho Tagawa - c. 1930s)
Chhinnamasta, “She who’s head is severed”
Assosiated with self sacrifice as well as the awakening of the kundalini – spiritual energy. She is considered both as a symbol of self-control on sexual desire as well as an embodiment of sexual energy.
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