Abjection Sustained: Dery visits Museo Storico Nazionale dell'Arte Sanitaria

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5 Responses to “Abjection Sustained: Dery visits Museo Storico Nazionale dell'Arte Sanitaria”

  1. Anonymous says:

    “They’d look more at home on a Santería altar than here…” Actually, I defy you to find one actual Santería (called Lucumí, in fact) altar where “two crudely sculpted clay heads” would be at home. Ah, but the point here is not to inform but entertain. I suppose folks writing about the history of science are always looking for foils among the ‘primitives’ to make what they see in European museums appear less shocking and barbarous. An ignorant slur in an otherwise pleasantly diverting piece.

  2. M. Dery says:

    This, I suspect, is what I had in mind:
    http://www.thepumpkinandthecauldron.com/RELEH5.jpg
    >>Elegua Head Statue: These heads represent Papa Legba/Eshu/Elegua in Voodoo and Santeria. Made of course clay with Cowrie shells baked into its surface to represent the facial features of Elegua, this 5″ tall and 3 ” wide figure is perfect for watching over your home. Place it by a doorway to open the way to opportunities and store magical herbs and ritual components within, to help you find those opportunities that you desire. $24.50< <
    http://www.thepumpkinandthecauldron.com/voodoosanteria.htm

  3. pho queen says:

    awsome!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Reminds me of the Mutter museum in Philadelphia.

  5. Rich Keller says:

    I really, really misread the title. I thought it was the Museo Storico Nazionale dell’Arte Santería. This is just as interesting, though.

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