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May Queen by hello-magpie May Queen by hello-magpie
An assemblage based on the tradition of the May Queen. I was fascinated by the idea (truthful or fictional) that the May Queen was a human sacrifice to secure a good harvest. This piece is intended to be a funeral shrine for a dead May Queen, building on the tradition of Victorian mourning art and its use of symbolism and sentimentality. Each object has significance...but I'm writing a friggin' essay on this piece, so if you really want to know the whole story you can note me or something.

Victorian "May Queen" card, wooden box, stained paper, lace, antique ribbon, antique square nails, bird skull, mushroom, lavender, human hair.
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May Queen by ~deadgods ( Featured by STelari )
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Fabulously evocative!
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CHLI Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is stunning, it gives me goosebumps! I was always fascinated with the Victorian period and this represents it so well. Thank you very much for posting it. I have to ask though, where did you get the bird skull?
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hello-magpie Dec 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! The skull was something I picked up off the ground---I do a lot of scavenging. :)
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CHLI Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, what are the odds! You seem very lucky.
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:iconthecures:
i don't know where deadgods got the skull from but if you're curious about this stuff i have a rat skull just as small that i kept from my dead gerbil. I left the body in the garden and two weeks later when i came back all i found was the clean skull :o
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CHLI Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You buried the rat then dug it back up? Or did you not at all?
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CHLI Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh I see. Well that's creepy :O
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Romeodash Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
how cute! :)
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theonlypaleone Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like this.
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