Sunday, 7 November 2010

Battle of the Trilobites

'Battle of the Trilobites.' Two men dueling, dressed in armour comprising trilobite exoskeletons. They are watched by a third man dressed as a medieval herald, but with a shell instead of a helmet. A row of spectators with fossils and shells for hats observes. Inscribed on print by artist Mantell, 'Capt Boscawen Ibbetson with Capt James [illegible]'

… to see this armour as a prosthesis that served to shore up a disrupted body image or to support a ruined ego-construction…
Foster /Armour Fou / in Vision & Textuality / Melville & Readings

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