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 piece features artwork by BadMood Leather on the top. It is painted onto the leather with dyes.
This set has two toys in it, one white horsehair flogger and one beaded cat o nine tails. They are made from a humerus.
The box is made with acrylic panels inlaid with a stained glass effect. The latin on the sides reads Quod me Nutruit Me Destruit, which is roughly translated to What nourishes me also destroys me.
Reliquary is a limited series and every one is different.
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.
INTERNATIONAL BUYERS PURCHASE AT YOUR OWN RISK
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-This is really a matter of opinion. The culture of sanctity surrounding human remains and the stigma around remains that dictates that the only proper way to treat them is with burial/cremation is not universal. Many cultures create art, structures, icons, religious sites, and more with bones of the dead.
The assumption that bones *must* be treated a certain way or its "wrong" is presumptive and, frankly, rather arrogant as it assumes that your culture's way is the only right way.
There also seems to be quite a bit of vitriol directed at this collection for the fact that I've turned them into items used for kink. This really speaks more toward people's internalized ideas that sex and kink are "dirty" and so therefore that means I am disrespecting the bones.
For many of us who have been involved in kink a long time, our kink toys are some of our most prized possessions. We treat them with respect and take utmost care of them. Our kink is very close to a religion as it is our source of catharsis, bonding, and connection.
I encourage people who find themselves offended by this collection to do some study on different cultures' relationships to the dead now and throughout history to expand their view and help them let go of their cultural stigma.