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Bat and the box of darkness by melanippos Bat and the box of darkness by melanippos
An african legend tells that once it was always day - the sun would shine for half of it, and the moon for the other. One day a bat was given the task of flying a basket to the moon.
He did not know what was inside but it was heavy. Pausing to rest and find food Bat left the box for a while and other animals approached it. Thinking there might be food inside they opened it. Bat saw them and came hurrying back but too late!
Darkness spilled out of the box, bringing the first night.
Now bat rests in the day in readiness to fly about all night, trying to collect all the tatters of darkness back into the box so they can be taken to the moon where they belong.
There is still to be a bit of gilding put along the base and the right side but I thought I should share to prove I've been working on things.
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bagheeeera Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
I am in love with the composition and whimsical design. :D It kind of resembles stained glass.
Thanks for sharing this bit of culture. Your interpretation of the tale really connects.
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melanippos Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
Hopefully I'll get another two of these drawn and painted by the end of the year.
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ReplicantAngel Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010
That's a lovely legend, and one I'd never heard before. I adore your bats! The design of the background and the boxes is wonderful - meaningful if you know the legend and simply gorgeous if you don't. :)
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
BITTY BATTY!!!!!!!!!
I have to say I love this image- as not only is it based of cultural myth, but also your interpretive way of illustrating it flows harmoniously with the actual events- a true reflection of the physical content without the realism involved.

And I LOVE THE ITTY BITTY BATTY BODY!!!!! :heart:
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Corbie Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Professional Writer
Great illustration--it really goes with the story.
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EmpathyNight Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010
What a wonderful story...! :glomp: It can link to the Pandora's story, in a way =)
The picture's so beautiful! :dance:
I love colours that you used! :love:
It's perfect! *__*
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