This item sold on January 9, 2011.
Figure is 10" tall. Made of mixed media, from paper mache to fabric. Each Plague Doctor is hand sculpted, one of a kind, and numbered by the artist.
Historically, Plague Doctors were men in heavy leather masks and cloaks who tended to victims of the Black Plague. While my figures - each one unique and one of a kind - certainly touch on classic elements of the iconic figure, they do not adhere strictly to traditional features or form. Besides taking artistic liberties, I also play on the notion of Doctor as non-human.
They look human, and they mingle with the sick and diseased, but there is no benevolence in their attention to the ill. No pity for the suffering of mankind. They simply chose this form because it was the simplest to replicate, having to only shift their appearance slightly to adapt to an acceptable sight on any street corner so long ago.
Should two of these creatures cross each other's path, there is no greeting, no acknowledgement of their presence. They simply pass by, or hover over the sickly individual on opposite sides of his deathbed.
The only telltale sign that would give away these creatures unearthly origins is their movement: they seem to glide, unable to mimic the cadence of a human step.
Of course, you'd also realize they weren't human if you were to unmask them.
I wouldn't advise trying it.
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