I mentioned in yesterday's post that I received a little critter in the mail.
For some reason, it doesn't bother me to look at it's little face but the little feet with claws do creep me out!
I bought it as a zibellini to accessorize the Italian Renaissance gown. Several portraits from the 16th century show the ladies carrying these "flea furs".
The following links show many examples as well as offering the explaination that they were carried as a symbol of wealth and fertility contrary to the popular belief that they were carried to attract fleas from the wearer's body.
The Muff in 16th Century Dress
In my research I came across this site Sable Greyhound zibellini where the owner made a gilded jeweled head and feet from gold clay, something I might attempt in the future.