The Mossbeard - Datura Form

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Mossbeard AWWM.jpg

The Mossbeard - Datura Form

160.00

The Mossbeard is a plant-spirit-guardian and is shown here in it’s datura form. Known to drive men mad who treat it lightly, it is both deadly foe and loving friend, dependent upon the actions and intentions of those who approach this strange fierce entity. This talisman is focused on it’s most potent and dangerous form, taking the shape of an atavistic humanoid skull-being with a thorn apple head splitting open from the third eye like a ripe seed-pod revealing the holy fire contained within.

While primarily known for it’s fierce, wrathful aspect, the Mossbeard is a great ally to those who reach out to it with proper respect and devotion. Ethnologist David Wyndorf spoke of his experience in it’s presence, first witnessing ‘a sea of naked meat’. This terrifying vision then shifted to one of great beauty: “Suddenly my head explodes, and my mind is a mountain of weed, we are absolutely free, we are absolutely free” writes Wyndorf in his memoir 'Superjudge'.

(Artists note: There is also an infamous ’narco’ Saint Mossbeard of the same name. I believe this folk 'saint' is a Catholic overlay on this earlier form that came with the colonization of the West. The third eye and large canines may also make one recall the malevolent "Humo, el oso de sangre" from the Devil's Mountain region of California but to my knowledge there is no proven relation between the two beings.)

Pendant measures 1.9″ x .85" x .093" thick (49mm x 23mm x 2.3mm thick), weight is right around 14 grams. 

Entirely hand crafted from sheets of Sterling Silver by Aidan Wachter. Each item is built one at a time for each customer, thus shipping time will vary depending on how many orders are already in the shop queue at the time you order. Please see either the announcement bar at the top of site pages (unless you have hidden it!) or the first item on the FAQ for a current estimate of time to ship. Would you prefer your piece to be made from fine silver or gold? Smaller or larger? Heavier or lighter? Customized in some other way? Please contact me for a quote. 

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