Def: Reliquary - A reliquary is a container for relics. These may be the purported or actual physical remains of saints, such as bones, pieces of clothing, or some object associated with saints or other religious figures.
Reliquary is a line of impact toys that uses real human bone. Each one comes with its own box to be stored in. I took a lot of inspiration from the reliquaries in Italy that held the bones of various saints.
This set uses a femur that has been cut in half to make a flogger set. One flogger has flat braided tails made of soft lamb and goatskin. The flat braids deliver a nice thud that has a unique texture behind it.
The second flogger has a mix of rough-textured goatskin. It is a black base with a red finish and tiny dots that reflect back in blues and greens. The red tails are super soft deerskin. This is a thuddy piece that has a nice luxurious feel.
The box is made with acrylic panels that have been inlaid with resin and 3D printed pieces. The inside is lined with padding and burgundy fabric. The Latin on the sides reads Quod me Nutruit Me Destruit, which is roughly translated to What nourishes me also destroys me. The top of the box has a leather panel inlaid in the center. The leather is laser etched with an image by Andreas Vesalius, an artist who did medical anatomy drawings.
This piece has a little easter egg for the owner to find.
FAQ; Q- Where do you get the bones?
A- Back in the day people studying to become doctors at certain medical schools were required to have a human skeleton for study. There were companies that specialized in selling the skeletons to medical students. Today students are obviously not required to have their own bone collections, but often these old collections were passed down through families or discarded and forgotten. Certain companies work to acquire these bones and put them back into the hands of those who wish to study them or use them in art. This is where we acquire the bones.
Q- Is it legal?
A- It is legal to own human BONES in all the states of the US. (Organs are a different story). However, it is illegal to sell human bones in LA, GA, and TN. Therefore, we cannot ship to these states. Please do not order if you are from these states. If you do, your order will be cancelled and I will be highly annoyed with you.
Q- Can you ship internationally?
A- Every country has its own laws regarding the sale of human bones. I report all customs information ACCURATELY. Basically, if you purchase one of these sets it is at your own risk and all sales are final. I am not responsible if your item is seized by customs and I will not provide refunds.
Q- Where can you NOT ship Reliquary?
A- Lousiana, Georgia, and Tennessee. If you reside in any of these states please do not order any Reliquary pieces. If you do, your order will be cancelled and I will be annoyed with you.
Q- Why human bones? Isn't that gross/disrespectful, etc?
A- The easy answer is I think its cool. I would love for my bones to be used in something like this when I am gone. The theme of Reliquary is engraved on the side of the boxes. The Latin reads Quod me Nutruit Me Destruit, which is roughly translated to What nourishes me also destroys me.
This is a sentiment that hits rather hard for me, as it's true of nearly everything I love. I love my job, but it is slowly destroying my hands. I love BDSM, but I've definitely given up quite a bit to be out of the closet and have it as my livelihood. As an s type, there's a more literal sense of enjoying impact play being "destructive" but also loving it.
As for gross; no, we all have bones. Why would they be gross? Disrespectful is a matter of opinion and if it doesn't work for you, then don't buy these pieces. Fortunately, your opinion doesn't dictate the actions of other people, so live and let live.