Sunday, 31 January 2010

The Lamia


The Lamia in Greek mythology is a tragic and terrifying female monster who eats children, and thanks to Keats she has been credited with a serpentine nature. You can see just how scary she is in this picture by Waterhouse (1905) - look! look! the vile demon is about to ... give him a BJ!

The Lamia below is by Draper (1909). She looks a bit pissed off. Perhaps the knight didn't reciprocate the favour.

5 comments:

t'Sade said...

I love that bottom one. It has such a nice style and tone to it.

Though, don't see the Lamia bits.

Janine Ashbless said...

In both pictures she's wearing a sort of snakeskin belt. It's certainly not very obvious.

Danielle said...

lovely subject..i wrote two stories about lamias a few years ago..modern ones...so..a great subject after all..:-)

P.S. Haven said...

Do you think those suits of armor have hinged doors in the codpieces for easy access to the little Sir Lancelots?

Janine Ashbless said...

Remember that ridiculous scene in "Excalibur"?