Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Christian Wizard miniature

There has always been a connection between religion and magic. Magic seeks to influence reality by symbolic actions, and so does religion, though its attempts to influence reality (or God, if you wish) are more pleading than commanding. The "Deryni" series of author Katherine Kurtz, set in an imaginary medieval world where magic works as well as engineering, explore the boundaries between "legitimate" religion and "occult" magic. This nametag blank is a portrait of a non-specified wizard from the Deryni world, who conjures by magic as well as praying to God. Is that a good combination? The Inquisition would say no, but the fans say yes.

"Deryni Wizard" nametag miniature is ink and watercolor on Fabriano paper, 3 1/2" x 2 1/4", summer 1981.

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