STRANGE OLDE TOYS - FUNNY WALKING DOLL WITH MANY LEGS ON A WHEEL
“Santa Maria La Purisima” Guatemala Carved polychromed wood, glass Circa 1875 H. 62 in. (w/o crown Inventory# Y811 Ex-Illinois collection. Very good unrestored condition.
The Tooth Worm as Hell’s Demon”, southern France, 18th Century; This artistically designed ivory carving is contained in a molar, 10.5 cm in height, which can be separated into two halves of equal size. It opens out into two scenes depicting the infernal torments of toothache as a battle with the “tooth worm”. The legend of the “tooth worm” as the cause of toothache originated in Mesopotamia around 1800 B.C. A legend, in much the same sense as that of the Creation, concerning the origin of…