Here is the promised new painting, finished a few weeks ago. It's an historical setting around ancient Assyria, where the king shows his son his heritage; Armies, slaves and the capital of Assyria, Nineveh,
The image is painted in a dreamy/mythical sequence, to enhance the boy's fantasy of his inheritance.
Lemme know what you think,
Portrait of Aisha, 18, who was sentenced by a Taliban commander
According to Herodotus, the rites performed at these temples included sexual intercourse, or what scholars later called sacred sexual rites:The foulest Babylonian custom is that which compels every woman of the land to sit in the temple of Aphrodite and have intercourse with some stranger at least once in her life. Many women who are rich and proud and disdain to mingle with the rest, drive to the temple in covered carriages drawn by teams, and stand there with a great retinue of attendants. But most sit down in the sacred plot of Aphrodite, with crowns of cord on their heads; there is a great multitude of women coming and going; passages marked by line run every way through the crowd, by which the men pass and make their choice. Once a woman has taken her place there, she does not go away to her home before some stranger has cast money into her lap, and had intercourse with her outside the temple; but while he casts the money, he must say, "I invite you in the name of Mylitta". It does not matter what sum the money is; the woman will never refuse, for that would be a sin, the money being by this act made sacred. So she follows the first man who casts it and rejects no one. After their intercourse, having discharged her sacred duty to the goddess, she goes away to her home; and thereafter there is no bribe however great that will get her. So then the women that are fair and tall are soon free to depart, but the uncomely have long to wait because they cannot fulfil the law; for some of them remain for three years, or four. There is a custom like this in some parts of Cyprus.
I wish there was more fiction and/or art on that part of history.
I like this concept of making it dreamy, and the Lamassu in particular are really cool, they look like they will really come to life whenever needed (which was kind of the point of building them in the first place. Or maybe it was for the invaders to believe so, I don't quite remember).
Even though it feels kind of weird to see the artist themselves thanking me for explaining their own artpiece.