Martha Washington’s mourning jewelry. On the death of George Washington in 1799 she had a snippet of his hair put in this locket. When she died a snippet of her hair was added. Mourning jewelry was a...
A macabre mystery: the Wellcome Library’s Dance of Death
Wellcome Library, London The dance of death. Size: canvas 72 x 55 cm. Collection: Iconographic Collections Library reference no.: ICV No 17962 Full Bibliographic Record Link to Wellcome Library Catalogue Dance of Death
An 18th century fruitwood Memento Mori is shown at the Death: A Self-portrait exhibition at the Wellcome Collection on November 14, 2012 in London, England. The exhibition showcases 300 works from a unique collection by Richard Harris, a former antique print dealer from Chicago, devoted to the iconography of death. The display highlights art works, historical artifacts, anatomical illustrations and ephemera from around the world and opens on November 15, 2012 until February 24, 2013. (Photo…
Medieval bloodletting (aka lancing) tools. Henry VIII had a lifelong wound on his leg that built up with infection and he was lanced by his doctors often. Without anesthesia and antibiotics, this was a highly painful and risky procedure- sometimes even resulting in death.
Head of Queen Hatshepsut circa 1450 BC.Hatshepsut as a favorite daughter of a popular pharaoh, and as a charismatic and beautiful lady in her own right, she was able to command enough of a following to actually take control as pharaoh. She ruled for about 15 years, until her death in 1458 BC, and left behind more monuments and works of art than any Egyptian queen to come.
In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, some doctors wore a beak-like mask which was filled with aromatic items. The masks were designed to protect them from putrid air, which (according to the miasmatic theory of disease) was seen as the cause of infection. The protective suit consisted of a heavy fabric overcoat that was waxed.