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Lady Angel

This 15 inch, all porcelain, articulated doll with removable 14th century clothing, quilted wings, ethereal blue acrylic eyes and eyelashes, might be Mary. It's hard to tell, the original mediaeval carving which stood in the Beauchamp chapel was probably covered in gold and jewels, which may be why Henry the Eighth stole it. The front of the over dress is designed to stick out, like the later wedding dress in the famous picture of the Marriage of Arnolfini because when Europe was depopulated by the Black Death, pregnancy was seen as the most beautiful state for a lady. This doll has glitter patterned nether garments, an interpretation of the feathered legs of the remaining angel carvings, feathery legs being a help with flying, to mediaeval reasoning.


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