Thursday, March 13, 2008

Photo-a-Day March 13: Zibellini

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.
LarsDatter zibellini
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.

3 comments:

Heredia Family/Yvie said...

Wow! Very interesting...I don't think I can wear it. Can't wait to see you in your costume.

Shayna Lou said...

WTH? you're gonna wear that poor thing by your head??? you are a bigger woman than i, LOL!

croppin carla said...

Ok, seriously I think that whole thing would freak me out...but you rock on with your bad self! Seems like you are having alot of fun with all of this!