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I don’t know if anyones shown this yet, but I thought I should because its incredible.
erikkwakkel: Medieval skull clasp
You are looking at a tiny book, no larger than an iPhone. Made c. 1500, it was designed for the road: it concerns a portable Book of Hours (or prayer book) that was carried around by a pilgrim on his religious pilgrimage. The object’s size is, of course, not what makes this medieval manuscript stand out. That honour must go to the clasp that holds the book closed, which is decorated with a skull carved out of bone. The theme of this decoration is very fitting for a pilgrim seeking redemption, finding his way along the dusty roads of medieval Europe. Every time he sat down to open his book he was confronted with his future, which looked rather grim: remember you will die one day. Better smarten up and keep on going. And that is what he did.
Pic: Stockholm, National Library of Sweden, MS A 233 (book and binding c. 1500). More images here, but not all information provided there is correct. This article should be taken as a source for further information.
JACK: Ritual human sacrifice.
HANNIBAL: I’m not sure if it’s an offering—but it’s certainly a gesture.
JACK: To whom?
HANNIBAL: The eye looks beyond this world and into the next, and sees the reflection of Man himself. Is the killer looking at God?
“Sakizuki" stands as one of Hannibal's most daring episodes so far, showing us the vaunting ambition of Hannibal's art, the blasphemous theology of his vision, and the root of his obsession with Will Graham.
[N.B: spoilers for 2.02; nsfw]
"…and the conclusion that I’ve drawn is that you are dangerous."
Ok so let’s talk about Bedelia Du Maurier and how she was the smartest person on this show. Bedelia was the only one who ever understood the mask Hannibal wore and like the best of people, she never looked underneath out of respect - learning only what he wanted to share. But after their last session and his manipulation of her, she unravels his human suit and sees the pattern.
He had orchestrated her attack. He had done it to her, and by default, had done it to Will Graham. So she became the wild card, finally revealing how unpredictable the traumatised could be in their efforts to survive. First she ends her patient relationship with Hannibal in his office - leaving him unaware that she had packed up her home. She then closes her involvement with his investigation, removing herself from from Hannibal’s deck, and finally, she takes Hannibal’s hand and shows it to Will Graham.
Bedelia tells Will that she feels like she knows him, but he says she doesn’t and she responds, "No, I don’t - But I understand you better than I thought." Because they had been the same card in Hannibal’s game at one point. So she tells him, "You can survive this happening to you," because she had. And for the first time, the scale is tipped.
But it isn’t until the very last scene when Hannibal goes to murder her that we see just how well Bedilia knew him. She didn’t simply anticipate his move and depart, she left her perfume bottle out for him to smell as a parting gift. It was her goodbye to him, because anything less, would have been considered rude.
And that’s when Bedelia Du Maurier stopped surviving Hannibal Lecter, and beat him, and he smiled.
Lecter agrees to help Clarice only on condition that she reveal personal information to him; he is especially interested in her most painful childhood memories. Like an anti-Kohut, an analyst who uses empathy in the service of sadism, Lecter toys with her, tortures her with his knowledge, but in the end gives her clues that allow her to personally track down and kill Buffalo Bill. He also gives her insights about herself and her inner relationships with her childhood parents that strengthen her and allow her more inner peace. Thus, Lecter does for Clarice at least part of what a good analyst would do, and I think we are justified in thinking of the narrative as relating a portion of Clarice’s analysis. -Robert J. Benton, Ph.D.