Dante’s Death Mask
Attached to the body via hinged metal and leather straps this iron arm still allowed a certain range of movements. The hand is fused facing inwards, but the wrist joint can move vertically – as if to shake someone’s hand. A hollow metal globe acts as a substitute elbow joint. This may have been controlled by springs and catches, which are now missing. Surgical amputations are referred to by Hippocrates, they were for many years a main function of the surgeon. This artificial arm dates from the 1500s. During this era, most limbs were amputated due to war injuries or accidents.
“Sheepish” by Karena Goldfinch
"The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away."
Pablo Picasso (via paperimages)
Marlon Brando at home with his cat. 1955.