Hell Mouth
Hell Mouth
Hell Mouth

Hell Mouth

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Every religion, every nation has a devil. This is apparently the German devil, or Belial. I say "apparently" because the text is very old and very German, so I can't suss out whether Belial is the one directing the action or the lion-like monster. Also, is the monster taking prisoners to hell or belching them onto shore in a torrent of flames? For me, this is art at its best: a glimpse of a story in which you can create the details. 

This is an embroidered reproduction of a woodcut dating back to the year 1487. The illustration can be found in "Der Teutsch Belial" by de Theramo Jacobus (who apparently died in 1417, a full 70 years before publication, thereby providing us with yet one more story).

Single-strand, hand embroidery on cream cotton in a 7x9 inch wooden frame. The art itself measures 3.5 x 5.5 inches.


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