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A Pyrography Portrait of the infamous portrait of a Plague Doctor woodcut image from the Bubonic Plague era
A Pyrography Portrait of the infamous portrait of a Plague Doctor woodcut image from the Bubonic Plague era. Quite chilling, no?

I made the mistake of burning this into a shelf drawer, so I can't fully enjoy the fruits of my labor if I actually use the drawer for art supplies!

For those who were wondering about the strange bird mask:

A common belief at the time was that the plague was spread by "bad air". There may have been a belief that by dressing in a bird-like mask, the wearer could draw the plague away from the patient and onto the garment the plague doctor wore. The mask also included red glass eyepieces, which were thought to make the wearer impervious to evil. The beak of the mask was often filled with strongly aromatic herbs and spices to overpower the miasmas or "bad air" which was also thought to carry the plague. (From Wikipedia)

More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consequences_of_the_Black_Death

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Raven W.
Raven W. · Brisbane, Queensland, AU · 70 projects
That is amazing work, great detail! Never done pyrography, it's something I'd love to try
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Azraels Requiem
Azraels Requiem · Bridgeport, Connecticut, US · 47 projects
Doktor Schnabel Von Rom, I love it. I've made one doll like this I should post it up some time soon
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zombiewander
zombiewander · Aurora, Colorado, US · 15 projects
this is amaazing!
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*Witchy Rachie*
*Witchy Rachie* · Holon, IL · 70 projects
this is so cool! :-D
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jonesy
jonesy · Cheshunt, England, GB · 58 projects
a drawer? what were you thinkin?? this is amazing
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Hdoddles
Hdoddles · 46 projects
well the coat actually was made from thick flet which stopped the fleas getting onto the flesh but i love the level of detail and the rod he is holding was to defend himself Happy we do the plauge tonnes in a history clas but i love the way you've done this bravo
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{Britt-Knee.}
{Britt-Knee.}
awesome art AND a history lesson! awesome job Happy
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Gone Neko
Gone Neko · Milan, Lombardy, IT · 29 projects
Great job!!!
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