Paris, France (2013)
Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
Goblin Spider by Forest Rogers
Goblin Spider was inspired by a folktale and traditional Japanese ukiyo-e prints. Elaborate hairpins made me think “legs,” of course. I also noticed that many beauties were depicted holding a bit of folded fabric or tissue in their mouths. This was a come-hither symbol, sufficiently demure to get past court censors but widely understood as erotic (don’t attempt it with Bounty Duratowel — it loses in translation). Thus, mouse in mouth.
via Muddy colours
- Dated: 19th century
- Place of Origin: India
- Medium: steel, silver, ebony, brass
- Measurements: overall length: 26.5 inches (680mm)
The haft is made of black ebony with an almost horn like appearance, brass collars, a brass top pommel, and brass securing knob with scrolling collar to hold the blade. The blade is decorated with silver koftgari in the form of scrolling flowers and foliage. It is particularly contrasting on a dark steel background.
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