Resin figure Plague Doctor 75mm
This is a 75mm resin figure and depicts a Venetian plague doctor from the 1600s.
Plague is an infectious disease of bacterial origin (Yersinia pestis) , scientifically studied only in 1984 by Pasteur's Student. The name derives from the word "pes" or breath, because of its deadly breath which makes the plague a disease of very rapid spread and uncontrollable always or almost with a mortal outcome.
The usual host is the flea which is carried by rats and mice. This bacterium is transmitted to man in a mortal way with one or more bites of these infected insects; in rare cases airborne transmission through coughing is also possible.
Sheets, rugs, beds were the ideal conditions for the proliferation of fleas and parasites; Poor and unhealthy hygienic conditions were the cause and birth of pandemics that plagued the human race for over 1000 years.
But why build a model of the plague doctor?
His "uniform" was and represents the first pathogen protection model in history. Bird-shaped mask (crow), long gloves, a thick and heavy wax, shoes or boots, a wand and the inevitable Christian cross were the paraphernalia that the doctor wore to visit the sick. The superstitious figure of the Crow and the black tunic served to drive away the evil from the unfortunate and in some way protect the operator from the poisonous "miasmas" of the Bubonic Plague. In the long beak, the doctor used to put medicinal and perfumed herbs that eliminated the stench of death, that's where the custom of giving the deceased smelling flowers comes from.
The model is in 13 pieces in unpainted resin
size: miniature bust: 78 mm about
Project and 3D Artist: Di Silvestro Gianpaolo & Simone Rasetti
Painter: Luca Vergerio