Archive for June, 2012

Shrunken Heads of the Amazon

Posted in Death with tags , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2012 by elgrayso

A shrunken head is a severed and specially prepared human head that is used for trophy, ritual, or trade purposes.Headhunting occurred in many regions of the world. But the practice of headshrinking has only ever been recorded in the northwestern region of the Amazon rain forest. [from Wikipedia]

I had always thought that shrunken heads were fake until I visited the world’s largest collection at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not in Manhattan. I later found out of a book called Head Hunters of the Amazon: My Adventures In The Jungle 1894-1901 which is now on my future reading list.

Jules Germain Cloquet

Posted in Art, Science with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 18, 2012 by elgrayso

Jules Germain Cloquet (18 December 1790 – 23 February 1883) was a French physician and surgeon who was born and practiced medicine in Paris. Cloquet was a skilled artist; in his best-known work, Anatomie de l’homme, most of the 1300 illustrations were drawn by him. He was the inventor of several surgical instruments, including an arterial forceps. He also had a keen interest in alternative medical practices such as mesmerism and acupuncture. [from Wikipedia]

Death Masks

Posted in Death with tags , , , , , , , , on June 11, 2012 by elgrayso

In Western cultures, a death mask is a wax or plaster cast made of a person’s face following death. Death masks may be mementos of the dead, or be used for creation of portraits. [from Wikipedia]

Martin Luther

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

William Shakespeare

Abraham Lincoln

Resusci Anne*

*Resusci Anne, also known as Rescue Anne or CPR Annie, is a training mannequin used for teaching cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to both emergency workers and members of the general public. The distinctive face of Resusci Anne was based on L’Inconnue de la Seine, the death mask of an unidentified young woman reputedly drowned in the Seine River around the late 1880s. [from itthing.com]

For more famous death masks check out this post at itthing.com

Denise Grünstein

Posted in Art, Photography with tags , , , on June 4, 2012 by elgrayso

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