Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Dead Fairy Pupa

Dale Bigford was kind enough to send over some shots of his latest effort- a cased fairy pupa.

"Here's a project I made a few months ago: A dead fairy specimen in a display case. It was "collected" by the "theoretical anthropology dept" of Aberystwyth University, Wales in 1932. The fairy never hatched as it was killed in its cocoon by a late frost that year. The cocoon itself is comprised of a natural gum-like substance shrouded with leaves and filled with the silk of the pupa."

It's an absolutely brilliant concept that builds on the equally clever idea of insectile fae.


Tóbal said...

Fantastic idea!
Love the concept and display!

Pat G said...

Brilliant! Must get one of these for the library.

Rhissanna said...

Seriously wow. Just, wow.

Phil said...

Great idea and I love the desk backdrop. I need me one of those!

Raven said...

My Welsh teacher, renowned tenor, and Eisteddfod officiant (in white robes, i.e. a Druid), Geraint Wilkes, came from Aberystwyth. I'll have to ask him next Gorsedd y Beirdd (Gathering of Bards) what he thinks of the term "Theoretical Anthropology" as applied to y Tylwyth Teg.

Myself, I would hesitate to use that term, suspecting it might very possibly draw double disfavor, (1) as suggesting a hesitancy that has in the past been most unfortunate for those that expressed it [cf. Sean Connery's remark toward the end of Darby O'Gill and the Little People], (2) as suggesting the Fair Folk's membership in either anthropos / homo sapiens or antecedent species, decidedly not an assertion which any representatives of the Fair Folk are ever said to have found flattering, complimentary, or likely to ingratiate the speaker into their good graces, if I make my meaning clear.

However, in case you still wish to pursue the matter, good luck (most sincerely!), and the Welsh rendition of "Theoretical Anthropology" would be "Anthropoleg Damcaniaethol" (by parallel with Theoretical Physics — Ffiseg Damcaniaethol).

Modern Aberystwyth University (Prifysgol Aberystwyth) is available online to pick its brains at http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/ (in English) and http://www.aber.ac.uk/cy/ (in Welsh).

Currently there is, alas, no Anthropology Department, Theoretical or otherwise. Perhaps it was indeed profoundly unlucky for prior faculty members....?