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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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waywardwillow Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful, truly. Would you mind if I used this for a tattoo?
UnripeHamadryad Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Sure, no problem. Send me a pic of the final tattoo if you like, I'd love to see it! :)
waywardwillow Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New member Hobbyist General Artist
I most certainly will!  Thanks.
LadyFaisca Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
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 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing those beautiful words! (: I'm glad you like my work! (:
TheSakuraDoll Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is simply beautiful! 
UnripeHamadryad Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you so much! :D
sub13mundo Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
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 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! (:
LadyAzurFromAlkemya Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That is beyond wonderful. Magnificent and very inspiring :heart:
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