bohemian woman

Frans Hals, Gypsy Woman (Bohemian Woman), 1628-30

This picture was not commissioned; the woman pictured is clearly of a lower class than the types of people who would pay to have their portrait done, as Hals focuses his attention on her ample breasts and messy hair. His quick handling of the paint adds to the instantaneous quality of the image; it’s a moment frozen in time, a hallmark of the Baroque era. At this time, Dutch art was being created at an amazing pace; a painting like this might have hung in a tavern or brothel, and visitors to the Netherlands often marveled at the sheer amount of art that adorned the walls of various structures. 


A protection spell to wear around your neck, reposted from my personal IG @kerinskali. This version of my signature herb vial design contains amethyst and tiger’s eye, two powerful protection stones, along with dried rose, thyme, honeysuckle, willow bark, clove, lavender, garlic, and jasmine, which are all associated with various forms of protective magick. A piece of clear quartz cleanses and amplifies the components of the piece, which was created on the full moon to solidify its power. Sterling itself is said to protect the wearer from negative energies. All of these correspondences come together in this talisman to keep the wearer safe. This piece hangs long and low on 30 inches of sterling chain, and will be available in my next shop update on 4/23 at 8pm est. 🌙🌿🌸🔮💎

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