i’ve been a bit quiet recently. It’s because i’m ploughing on with the next part of my book.
in the meantime i thought i’d share this image:
It appears to be German, nineteenth (?) century, and involve Priestesses sacrificing male captives. If anyone knows any more about it, please do let me know.
There’s a trope in classical art of Women beheading men (usually, though i think not always, Judith and holofernes, as above). This seems to have found its way into modern fantasy sensibilities, where the exhausted, bloodsplattered and breast-plated Female warrior with a decapitated man lying crumpled at her feet is a bit of a cliche. (i’ve been meaning to write about fantasy art, but you have to be a bit careful using other people’s work).
This image is different though (and not just by being out of copyright). The Priestess at the top, holding her dagger, is someone an artist could make something of.
Or a novelist.