Sunday, September 23, 2012

Nuada Airgetlám

Another hand resource, this week from Irish mythology. 

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.

Victorian Prosthetic Arm—No, No, No, No, No
VIctorian prosthetic
Ancient German Prosthetic

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