The first half of the parade of Legend & Lore Ancients is Here
We've had the Greek gods and heroes (that at least looked mostly human), so here are the ones with fun additions like horns and wings and snakes.
Below them: a honey-wrapped sliver of Ancient Egyptian-ness when the enormous beaded necklace was king.
Then below them
, and all on her own (aww) is a much more recent character from a familiar time of talking rabbits, invisible cats and outrageously stoned caterpillars. That's right, it's
a self portrait
Alice in Wonderland.
Little-known fact: my second name is Alice. When I was about five years old I'd wander round my dad's shop telling people I was 'Soni Alice in Wonderland', at which point those people would look sympathetically at my parents who would just shrug helplessly. Poor bastards.
And on to the pretty pictures! Enjoy.
Me and my caterpillar mate are off to make pancakes. Triton - a 'sea-hued' merman with barnacled shoulders. It's an Old Greek Old Gregg.
A Harpy - literally 'one who snatches'. They weren't originally described as ugly but of having 'lovely hair'. And wings. And claws. And scales. And really fucking bad tempers. (Any direct comparison drawn between the character and the artist will be... well, agreed with frankly. I *do* have lovely hair.)
The Minotaur - the bull-headed, territorial, ponderously rampaging monster of Crete. Typical Taurean. Probably also liked cakes and fluffy sweaters, it's a Taurus thing.
Medusa - although later interpretations depict her as a reptile-headed hag-beast, she was originally beautiful. Perhaps when her stare turned men to stone the effect was rather localised to the loincloth region. Bast - originally a lioness and solar deity, later became associated with the moon and little kitties. I gave her a little kitty anyway. A blue one.
Cleopatra, in her famous final scene with the asp. (Though the accounts were wrong: what actually happened next is that she head-butted the snake, and then ate it.)
Ramses, mighty pharaoh. Ruled with an iron fist. And a lot of eyeliner. And really fabulous accessories. It was a good look. World leaders, take note.
Isis - mother of Egypt who pieced her dismembered husband back together and brought him back to life. An Egyptian Humpty Dumpty with a happy ending. Well almost happy, his most important 'piece' was missing so she made a new one out of solid gold. Bling-a-ding-ding.
Alice in Rabbit's house. She ate a funny little cake left lying around and was suddenly afflicted by claustraphobia and panic. She was fine though, don't worry. Bit of Brian Eno and a cup of tea, good as new.