March 11, 2014 – “Uncommon Objects (part two)
If you read yesterday’s post, you will know that today’s pictures are day two of various objects I found in a wonderful store on South Congress in Austin called “Uncommon Objects”. Certainly this store has one of the most bizarre collection of items you could hope to find. This antique store has some truly beautiful as well as disturbing items.
The first picture is of a witch doll that has a positively evil and scary looking face. The blonde unbrushed hair, the detail in her black dress, together with her pointy nose and piercing eyes is not something I would want sitting in my living room catching the moonlight late at night when I was wandering down stairs to get a glass of milk from the fridge!
The second picture is of a boy or man (it is hard to tell) who has a slight potbelly and a green patch over his private parts. Perhaps he is a baby and the green rectangular patch is a diaper. If he is a young baby he has a hauntingly mature face. Both of his hands are reaching out to you on some basis. But it is hard to know what exactly it is he is trying to secure
The third picture is of a native wooden man with a very long face. He appears to be smiling. There is a small hole on the left side of his face. It is not clear whether or not this is for him to smoke a cigarette or perhaps he is whistling. This was certainly one of the less threatening objects in the store.
The fourth and fifth pictures are of two young girl’s dolls. The first, a raggedy “Anne” doll who although has a sweet and innocent face, is certainly not to be trusted. Both of her hands are concealed and out of view. Perhaps in one of them she is holding a very sharp knife that could be used to slice the neck of her innocent victim!
The firth picture is of a young girl who is in a pretty dress. Her hair is stylized and she is sitting in a harmless pose. What is interesting to note is that between her legs is a collection of tarot cards. One can only wonder what future she has in store for the child or person who takes her home to play with!
I have always found something haunting in these kinds of children’s dolls, even more so than might be the case of the witch doll where at least you know who and what she is. Perhaps I am letting my mind get the better of me but these dolls and the most of the objects in this incredibly fascinating store will never make their way into my house!
(Photos taken in Austin, Texas on March 8, 2014)