Monday, January 3, 2011

Silver on Silver, Two of a Kind, by Canadian Artist Kim Blair

Silverware was made from silver for many reasons, but one of the most interesting reasons is that silver is known to have health benefits.

Silver was used during Greek and Roman times to control bodily infection and prevent food spoilage.  Hippocrates (know as the Father of Medicine) used silver to heal wounds and the King of Persia used a silver container to carry water to prevent contamination.  It was already known in these ancient times that silver was special... before modern germicides and antibiotics, it was known that disease-causing pathogens could not survive in the presence of silver.  No wonder silver was (and still is) used for drinking vessels, cutlery and dishes.  Just think about the Catholic Church using a silver goblet for the communal communion cup...

 Even Pliny the Elder (the Roman Scholar) wrote about the ability of silver to heal wounds by preventing infection.  During WWI silver leaf was used to combat infection in wounds, but it was not until the 1970s that silver made a come-back in the medical field.  Silver sulphadiazine is now used in the treatment of burn victims to kill invasive burn bacteria and permit wounds to heal.

Elastoplast now has Silver Healing bandages.  Check their website, for more info.

$150.00, 8x10 oil on canvas


Catherine Jeffrey said...

Love the composition of this one..a real close up view. I also loved the history lesson...who knew?

Karen Martin Sampson said...

Hi Kim, I knew a bit about the history of the healing properties of silver. Over a year ago I came down with horrible, painful shingles on my hands and a friend suggested colloidal silver. I tried it and it worked! I keep a bottle handy to put a few drops in water if I feel I might be coming down with something. Oh, and your painting ain't too shabby either:-) Love the hints of golden yellow to offset all that grey and white - lovely!

Sue Stuparek said...


I'm always so impressed with your historical commentary alongside your beautiful art pieces.... it adds value in many many ways to your creations!

Silver! Love silver! Colloidal and jewelry too!