image #72. 30 March 2017. A Severed Head.

This was inspired by Irish Murdoch’s A Severed Head. It depicts two characters from the novel: Antonia on the left, and Honor, right, who says,

I am a terrible object of fascination for you.  I am a severed head such as primitive tribes and old alchemists used to use, anointing it with oil and putting a morsel of gold upon its tongue to make it utter prophecies.

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