Saturday, March 5, 2011
This vase is very old, given to me by my father's aunt, Marya, who was about 90 years old when she died. She was very eccentric and claimed that she traced our ancestors back to William the Conqueror. About a year before she died, she had to have her leg amputated because of an infected toe. Remember, medicine was not what it is today.
Well, this just freaked me out. I was about 4 years old and very impressionable. Aunt Marya was very kind and always made sure that there was ginger ale in her house when we came to visit. But I wouldn't touch it because....well, just because I somehow thought that everything was contaminated in her house.
I have only recently become more comfortable with seeing amputated limbs. Who knows why we have these phobias?
Anyway, this vase is probably about 100 years old, hand painted in Japan.