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i'm a new mom. i had a hard time breast-feeding, and was kind of shocked by how many other moms did too, and i didn't know it until it was something that actually affected my body. seeing the recent cultural obsession with breasts, particularly on instagram, (and our culture's idea that we should normalize breast feeding #normalizebreastfeeding) i grappled with my own relationship to my breasts. looking at the upcoming advent season, and considering the story that brings about the celebration for many, i wondered at a god who would enter the world as a helpless infant human baby thing and fuss with suckling from the nipples of a teenage mom.

the back of the packaging for these pieces says, "ritual. incense. gold. frankincense. myrrhhhhhhh i've been examining my breastfeeding and newness to motherhood related to the story of the christian jesus birth and mary--a teenage mom in a foreign land with intimate knowledge of a vulnerable and fledgling infant god man baby feeding away from her breasts, perhaps awkwardly. hence boob ornaments (.)(.)"

this is a series of little breasts made from a non-fired clay with a wire hook embedded in the clay before it is air-dried. included in the package is a bundle of pine needles from my son's first christmas tree, some flakes of gold leaf, myrrh essential oil, and a frankincense resin piece. this material is meant to be burned as incense in a fire-safe ceramic bowl (not included) and attended to at all times. it will not burn very long, and can be re-lit to make sure the resin melts


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boob ornament with incense as a celebratory ritual around breastfeeding

$12.00 USD
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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: clay, wire, pine, myrrh, frankicense, gold leaf, gold, essential oil
  • Only ships to United States from Oregon, United States.
  • Feedback: 32 reviews
  • Favorited by: 32 people