Sometimes mannequins deliberately have a spooky, disturbing and uncertain reality. Many are headless, many are faceless; sometimes the head is just strange, sometimes deformed; occasionally a chimera takes centre stage. Figures are left armless and legless; dismembered, invariably naked, body parts litter windows. The slick hard sell becomes a zombie land of horrors.
Automatonophobia: the fear of anything that falsely represents a sentient being, includes, ventriloquist dummies, animatronic creatures, mannequins, scarecrows, and wax statues.
Photo: Gt St Mary’s Passage, Cambridge, July 2016