Friday, December 10, 2010

Chesed, King of Kindness

Here's another of the pieces I did from Highfield's compendium of occult images. This figure is the character-image for "Chesed," or "Hesed," the fourth of the Sephirah, or stations, on the Kabbalistic Tree of Life. As with Geburah, the red image, this Sephirah has many traditional associations: the planet Jupiter (whose symbol is on the figure's robe), the color blue, the tetrahedrons, and the righteous King who rules with compassion and kindness. As with Geburah, I borrowed from 19th-century Russian fairy tale illustrations to create this image.

"Chesed" is ink and watercolor, 5" x 9", January 1985.

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