img_89721  img_8970Here’s the complete first layer of the bone man. I did a bit of research on scythes, being uncertain of the appearance of those  found in the old cards because I remember using one when I was a kid mowing the long grass in the field behind our house, and being scared of the size and sharpness of the curving blade. I found that actually there are straight handled scythes and “S” handled scythes, so the image in the Marseille deck turned out to be somewhat correct after all.

Curiously, the Marseille deck skeleton lacks a foot, which is a peculiar inconsistency that doesn’t show up in any of my other decks.

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Michael Pearce is an artist, writer, and professor of art. He is the author of "Art in the Age of Emergence."
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1 Response to Death

  1. cameron says:

    bloody skeletons! fantastic job though; very impressive

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