Briefly: Nuada was the first king of the Tuatha Dé Danann, who lost arm in battle. The Tuatha De Danann had a rule that their kings had to be physically perfect and so he lost his kingship. His hand/arm was replaced with one of silver.
There was all this pecking order, political stuff between metalsmiths - but finally, after a few silver replacements, a physician's son sacrificed one of his one arms for Nuada and he ruled for 7 more years with his new appendage. He was later decapitated.
The best part of this story is that there is a ton of fantasy/sci fi spin offs, including this superawesome model: (link for the source in caption) I really like that the grass looks like creepy down there hair. Wth tasteful flowers.
The other thing that emerged: the toemen.
The site for this amazing photo was disabled... but it is titled the "toemen" and under the intriguing heading of ancient prosthetics. After a little digging I discovered that this object is actually ancient Egyptians -didn't they also lead the way in lobotomies?
Everyone thinks this is super creepy - I think it is wonderfully poetic - the Victorian Prosthetic Arm.
GO to this site for a list of list of best old prosthetics.
|Ancient German Prosthetic|