Here’s a sick little concept I finished this evening. I call it Imettäjä, as in Wet Nurse in Finnish. I’m planning to ink her and try to paint her with the similar colour scheme as seen in the painting below – The Old Woman And The Cat by Akseli Gallen-Kallela. But before that I might need to fix her way too long neck. Maybe.
After I’m finished with painting this piece, I’ll start to gather pieces and bits to create a miniature version of her. She shall have the honour to start my next INQ28 project.
Imettäjä is a honoured member of Officio Medicae, very often an old member of Astra Sororitas, Order Hospitaller. Practically they are old hags who pump milk out of their saggy breasts for those who are wealthy enough to afford their ministrations.
The skull of a titled mother who has deceased while giving a birth to her child is often given to Imettäjä, who then gives it new life as a servo-skull. The servo-skull is then used as a pumping device for the breast pump, so that mother’s spirit will touch the white fluid when it runs in to the cold metallic capsule.
Sometimes the milk runs out and blood starts to stream from their dry breasts. It’s a great honour to have the blood of the Imettäjä get mixed with the milk.
This Imettäjä flows around with an anti-graw platform. Notice the dead Crow nailed on the front of her studded leather apron. It symbolizes the wisdom of the Imettäjä.