snake lady tattoo

-HEAVYACCENT-
yo bruh, dont make me stahp drawin’ babes… or i will fight'chu… all day son… all day… wit my small hands… weirdly small hands… too small for my bahdy proportions… and height. (like my feet are small too… but it dont mattah… cause i wont kick you)
Boom.

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tools used: pentel brush pen black, micron liner 03, copic multiliner, signo white gel pen, copic sketch in colors: W1 R20 YR000, some really shitty old pencil crayon I found from like 2005, photoshop to add a watermark, & strathmore bristol paper

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Ouroboros wreathed with hellebore, fern, olive and cedar sprigs. Thank you so much, Athena, this piece was SO fun. Black healed, all color healed except the snake and the hellebore!

The ‘Lady of Cao’ was a Moche ancestress or High Priestess. She had been placed under the floor of the temple of Cao Viejo (in El Brujo), in a rectangular chamber especially built for the reason. Scholars propose that this is not her first burial, and that her descendants must have placed her there to bolster the prestige of the site, or of their lineage. Whichever way it was, in life the Lady had a prominent role in the community as a ruler or religious officiant.

A great part of the body is covered in iconographically significant tattoos – chthonian themes all – the Spider, which weaves the Stair to the Underworld; the watery snake, and the crab, a fruit of the sea. Moche iconographical studies reveal the Lady Moon as the sole discernably female deity – she governs the Sea, and the liminal spaces of Death and Birth, and is as a sorceress and healer, but is also represented as a disturber of the regular, “natural” order. Like many other gods, she takes blood sacrifice in pyramidal temples.

One of the myths that can be reconstructed, in rather a rudimentary measure, is the 'Rebellion of the Objects’, where the Lady Moon proclaims herself Queen of Gods and men, and brings the weapons and weaving tools to life, that they attack their human masters. The bat, the crab, the shrimp, and a sort of supernatural feline appear to be her subjects, at least in this episode, and are represented sacrificing men for their lifesblood or their flesh. Other monsters she sends against the rival gods – on one occasion, the Radiant God is taken to the Underworld, from which he eventually ascends on a stair of spidersilk. He restores order to the world by vanquishing the goddess in his golden chariot, driven by birds or birdmen.

The Lady of Cao’s mummy bundle greatly exceeded the size of the person discovered within, exceptionally well preserved. Several layers of cloth and metal ornaments had been wrapped around the body. The face had been covered with a round gold plate, signifying 

The Lady of Cao is inferred to have died of childbirth complications between the ages of twenty and twenty five from the visible stretching of the skin of the abdomen and breasts.

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Medusa with poppies on the super tough Sarah. Thank you so much for getting this! There’s a little distortion in the photo due to placement, but I’m super happy with it regardless.