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Yoni by UnripeHamadryad Yoni by UnripeHamadryad
Watercolour. Inspired by the beautiful Zoe Jakes.

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Thank you for the DD! *___* this was really unexpected! Love you all :)

A few words about this painting, since so many of you are asking me about the symbolic meaning.
As you may know, Yoni is one of the most primeval forms of the goddess. She represents the origin of life, the womb or "secred temple" in Hindu philosophy, the creative force of the Shakti/Devi. She's doing a "yoni mudra" with her hands (a symbolic hindu gesture that represents the woman's vulva and the primal female energies) and behind her you can see the moon phases which represent the female fertility. In this case the antlers contribute to convey the idea of the fertile uterus (just look at a picture representing the uterus, you can actually see the "horns"). Studying archaeology I noticed that from the neolithic period (and even before, if we think about the paintings in the Chauvet Cave in France - upper paleolithic) the female archetype is frequently associated with horns and bucraniums (Marija Gimbutas wrote an interesting essay about this).
And yes, it's very Mucha-ish! I love Mucha, I've visited his museum in Prague a few weeks ago and it was mesmerizing! : )
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Yoni by ~UnripeHamadryad

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I absolutely adore this painting. I love the way you have mixed mythology and symbolism with the influences of Mucha and your own style. I'm not a very active DA user, I came across your work through Tumblr but I wanted to log in just to tell you you have impressed me. Cheers talented lady!
UnripeHamadryad 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing those beautiful words! (: I'm glad you like my work! (:
TheSakuraDoll Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is simply beautiful! 
UnripeHamadryad Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you so much! :D
sub13mundo Apr 9, 2014  New member
Hello! I thought his work on tumblr and saw this link on Deviantart there too.
I'm passionate about his art! It's all very lovely!
Keep inspired and inspiring so many out there!
Kisses from Brazil!
UnripeHamadryad Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! (:
LadyAzurFromAlkemya Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That is beyond wonderful. Magnificent and very inspiring :heart:
UnripeHamadryad Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I see you're into tribal bellydance, so I get why you like it! (:
LadyAzurFromAlkemya Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, you got me :)
But your art is gorgeous nonetheless.
Sleeplessasylum Jan 24, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! extremely beautiful and so intelligently pieced keep it up just loved this piece!
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