RHAELLA

By Olga Good
PORCELAIN / SILVER JEWELLERY / SEMI-PRECIOUS GEMS / NATURAL ANGORA HAIR
RHAELLA TARGARYEN

Queen Rhaella Targaryen was the sister, wife, and queen of King Aerys II Targaryen and the only daughter of King Jaehaerys II Targaryen. Her grandfather was King Aegon V Targaryen. Rhaella was the mother of Prince Rhaegar, Prince Viserys, and Princess Daenerys. She died shortly after Daenerys’s birth.

With this doll, I tried to pay tribute to George Martin’s epic saga – The Game of Thrones. It nearly impossible to stay neutral in this never ending battle of clans for power, gold, honor, sometimes survival. This is a cruel world, merciless to the weak or soft.

I really could not stop reading the book, although shivering sometimes because of it’s savage, primal cruelty and injustice. It has life in it, with great things and great crimes done by (not very) mortal people. I was shocked by Rhaella’s story, how she was forced to marry her own brother, how she had to become the queen with such great power but not being able to choose her own destiny. I tried to reflect that, the power within that woman, and tenderness. Strength, readiness to fight and at the same time acceptance of her faith and nature.

Rhaella

Rhaella is a part of the very special “Timeless Treasures” collection, and is made using our latest mold “One Caress”. It is made of “Ultra Chic” porcelain, painted with overglaze and underglaze paints, and has thin Angora wool wig. Quality stainless steel springs provide stability of the pose and long-time reliability. Natural leather padding allows smooth and natural limb movements.

In this collection I was happy to work with my precious jeweller, Julia Sukhareva, who made all the jewellery for my dolls. It is a one of a kind set of silver jewellery with precious and semi-precious gems: topaz, amethyst, garnet, rock crystal, tourmaline, beryl. Making jewellery for this collection, Julia was inspired by ancient jewellers and their techniques. She uses no 3D modelling or 3D printing.

Rhaella participated in several doll exhibitions, like Spring Doll Salon on Tishinka expo center in Moscow in 2016 and “The art of doll” in Tallinn, in 2015.

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House Targaryen is a noble family of Valyrian descent that escaped the Doom. They lived for centuries on the island of Dragonstone until Aegon the Conqueror and his sisters rode their dragons in their conquest of the Seven Kingdoms.

House Targaryen ruled as the kings on the Iron Throne and as the Great House of the crownlands for nearly 300 years, until their ouster in Robert’s Rebellion, which they call the War of the Usurper. Their seats were the Red Keep in the capital city of King’s Landing, the castle of Dragonstone, and the summer residence of Summerhall.

House Targaryen’s sigil is a three-headed dragon breathing flames, red on black. The three-headed dragon represents the Conqueror and his two sisters, Rhaenys and Visenya. Their house words are “Fire and Blood.” Some Targaryen armor was black steel with helms crested with dragon scales.

Although the Targaryen kings took their seat at King’s Landing, the place where Aegon and his army first landed in Westeros and made their first fort, Dragonstone remained the traditional seat of the heir-apparent to the throne, who was known as the Prince of Dragonstone. Younger siblings of the heir could receive Summerhall and be known as the Prince of Summerhall.

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House Targaryen historically followed the gods of Valyria. Sometime before the conquest of the Seven Kingdoms, the Targaryens abandoned the Valyrian gods and converted to the Faith of the Seven, the predominant religion in Westeros. However, they continued to follow the Valyrian practice of incestuous marriage, wedding brother to sister, cousin to cousin, uncle to niece and aunt to nephew, holding themselves apart from and above the noble Westerosi families.

Deceased Targaryens are traditionally cremated.

The phrase “blood of the dragon” refers to what are considered typical Targaryen features: silvery-gold (or platinum) hair and violet eyes. The Targaryens can tolerate a bit more heat than most ordinary people, though they are by no means immune to fire.

Another trait typical to Targaryens, and one that was passed on to the cadet branch, House Blackfyre, was the ability to have premonition-like dreams. Before the Doom, a noble in Valyria called Aenar Targaryen had a maiden daughter whose visions moved him to relocate his family to Dragonstone, twelve years before the Doom. Her visions were written down and published in a book called Signs and Portents, which is now lost.

Probably due to their incestuous practices, the Targaryens are prone to madness; King Jaehaerys II said that with the birth of a new Targaryen, the gods tossed a coin to decide whether the child would be a genius or a lunatic.

As dragonlords, the Targaryens seem to be closer to dragons than other men. Aegon I introduced dragons to Westeros when he conquered it, and dragons were kept and ridden by the Targaryens until the last one perished in the reign of Aegon III, the Dragonbane.

The Targaryens kept dragons for much of their reign in the Seven Kingdoms. To house them they built an immense domed structure in King’s Landing, the Dragonpit. New dragons were bred from Aegon’s original three, Vhagar, Meraxes, and the dreaded Balerion. However, violent deaths in battle and a growing infirmity in each following generation caused the family’s stable to dwindle. The last dragon was a deformed and sterile creature that died very young. It is not clearly understood what caused the last dragons to die out. A legend holds that Aegon III poisoned them, but Archmaester Marwyn believes that the maesters were somehow responsible. Others have also claimed that raising dragons in enclosed spaces, even the Dragonpit, was unnatural and stunted their growth.