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10 years ago

Am I being over dramatic to feel for the person whose poor decapitated body this belonged to?
Somebody’s ancestor.
Made to look like a circus dog.
Without so much as a ‘by your leave’?

Charles Cowling
10 years ago

Depends how you look at it, I guess. A skull is either a specific someone’s head or a universal emblem of death. Me? I hate the way archaeologists gleefully dig up the dead, then present them together with their grave goods to the gaze of the curious.

I hadn’t meant to declare my hand and rather wish I’d held to that. To me, this is someone ridiculised.

Kathryn Edwards
Kathryn Edwards
10 years ago

Noble sentiment, exquisitely expressed, dear James.

It’s a subtle gradation, innit, the move from memento mori to disrespect? I’ve been wondering what the stages are in this instance. The ruff, for sure, given its circus-dog connotations. Especially in combination with the full-on ‘gaze’ of the skull?