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October 13, 2009

Zibellini

Filed under: Art History, Jewelry, Sculpture, Shiny — norulesnoshame @ 19:18

I’m in love. Yes, it’s true. I’m in love with these super strange Italian luxury items. Okay, so it’s wrong to kill cute little martens and ermines for their fur, but once they’re dead, what better way to treat them than to put a GOLD head on their own? I was at the Walters museum in Baltimore this weekend (a must see, really), and they have one of these martens, wearing a gold sculpted head. It was amazing, and hilarious. The best part is the write up, which states that people thought martens conceived through the ear or the mouth. Does anyone have one of these lying around?

Sofonisba Anguissola’s portrait of Bianca Ponzoni, with zibellino
Someone made their own.

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1 Comment »

  1. Hey! My zibie! Kinda strange to see how far-ranging this little guy’s internet travels have been. lol I’ve made a few more since then (custom pieces mostly); I’ll have to put some pics up on my website so you can see them. 🙂

    Comment by Holly — October 16, 2009 @ 16:57


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