Crows gather all kinds of things in their nests. They like shiny objects or whatever strikes their fancy. I, too, like to gather a variety of things, but unlike a crow, I like to share what I find, as well as what I create myself.
I actually saw some of these women as a little girl. I remember them bending down from the waist to smile at me, because they have limited movement from the rings around their necks. At first I felt scared, because I’d never seen anything like them before, but their smiles made me forget my fear. The women I saw worked for the circus too, which makes me sad to think of now.
Padaung women from Burma, in London for a circus exhibit 1935
An image of Claude Monet in his garden in Giverny with an unidentified visitor. From The New York Times photo archive, dated only 1922, author not given (the image presumably in a Times December 24, 1922 profile on the painter).