[Authentic_SCA] Re: Zibelline, or 'flea furs', of 'fur pelts', etc.
>--- In Authentic_SCA@yahoogroups.com, "demontsegur"Of course, it could also just be that they thought they were cool and
> > She then began to research symbolic possibilities and came up
> > with the idea that the weasel family of animals tended to bear
> > fertility associations. A good number of the portraits she showed
> > us
> > included children in them, which certainly does not hurt her
> > theory.
there was no significance beyond simply fashion. Consider -- what was
the deep symbolic meaning and significance for early 20th century
women wearing similar furry animals as stoles? Beyond "I'm wealthy
enough to have one of these", that is?
Generally I think it is a mistake to look for symbolic meaning (or
practical use) in cases where contemporary records give us no
specific reason to think there was any symbolic meaning (or practical
use). That sort of thing is what led an earlier generation of
historians to make the apparently baseless claim that zibellini were
for the purpose of attracting fleas away from the body.
Sometimes a frivolous clothing accessory is just a frivolous clothing
Sharon L. Krossa, skrossa-ml@...