There is something so visceral about an amputation diagram. It’s impossible not to imagine the pain, the trauma – the violence of what led to the amputation and the violence of life without an appendage. We know that amputations still happen today, and so it’s also an evocative link to our ancient roots, when anesthesia consisted of a swig of whiskey, a stick in the mouth to bite down on, or a smack to the head to knock you out.
In my opinion, every living room deserves a piece of macabre art like this that makes people do a double-take. It's an embroidered reproduction of an illustration from A Treatise on Amputations of the Extremities and Their Complications, published in 1885.
Single strand embroidery on cream cotton, in a 6-inch, hand-painted wooden embroidery hoop.
**PLEASE NOTE** This is a Made to Order embroidery, so small variations may occur (because: handmade) and (art). I'll need up to two weeks to stitch this for you; as soon as I receive the order, I'll contact you with an anticipated shipping date. Thank you for understanding that handmade art is a slow process with huge rewards.**