She is lovely,
this 16th -17th Century carved wooden girl
with her simple dress, her repainted face and her missing arms.
When you touch the wood, you know her age.
When you think it's a saint, you change your mind because there are no signs for that.
When you look at her dress, you know she is a working class girl.
Nothing holy about that.
Then you discover a square piece at the front of her body.
You know it can be a cover of a compartiment, called a receptable.
You know relics or something precious can be inside,
a letter, some hair ...
Then the whole could be called a reliquary.
We did not open it.
Neither the new owner, but she did gave this girl a name:
"because she is belle"
Anabelle traveled through time,
just like Catweazle in the 1970's television series,
with the title role played by Geoffrey Bayldon.
Catweazle had a friend, a toad, called Touchwood.
I touch wood and hope Anabelle has a secret
and that she will keep it forever.
sold by Delta 98 Den Haag, The Hague, The Netherlands