Wooden Mannequins -- Sometime known as 'Artist's Mannequins' or 'Artist's Jointed Model' -- have taken on a life of their own as an iconic image representing 'everyman' in an non-threatening, anonymous and usually royalty-free way.
I think everyone has been fascinated at one time or another with the poseable ball-jointed (usually) wooden artist's models that can be used to visualize drawing the human form in various poses without having to locate or pay a real life model for having to maintain a pose for minutes or even hours on end.
Trip to Thrift Store Scores a Vintage 26" (if it's head weren't missing) Poseable Wooden Mannequin.
There he was, alone and abandoned on a shelf with used electronics while dozens of women busied themselves searching for ordinary household items and clothing. Was it his missing head that had turned them off... or his missing left forearm and hand that had made him less than desireable? Who knows! But from the moment I spotted him, I knew he was meant for me! For it's my intention to give him a new head and a prosthesis for his forearm and hand so that he may be restored to his former height and beauty.
I have searched the Internet lookng for another like him, but so far, no luck. If anyone knows anything about this beauty, please email me at TheLivingWeb (see address below in footer).
According to Wikipedian " .... A mannequin (also called manikin, mannikin, dummy, or lay figure) is an often articulated doll used by artists, tailors, dressmakers, and others especially to display or fit clothing.... Mannequin comes from the French word mannequin, which had acquired the meaning "an artist's jointed model", which in turn came from the Middle Dutch word mannekijn, meaning little man, figurine...."