The Banshee fine art giclee print

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The Banshee

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The Banshee
Clan Caomhanach

8×12 or 14×18 fine art giclee print

 

Original painting is available

 

Acrylic, graphite,watercolor, pastel and ink on rice paper mounted to illustration board

12×18

Story behind this piece: Traditionally, when a person died a woman would sing a lament  at the funeral. These women are referred to as “keeners” and the best keeners would be in high demand. Legend has it that for great Gaelic families – the O’Gradys, the O’Neills, the Ó Longs, the McCnaimhíns, the Ua Briain, the Ó Conchobhairs, and the Caomhánachs – the lament would be sung by a fairy woman; having foresight, she would sing it when a family member died, even if the person had died far away and news of their death had not yet come, so that the wailing of the banshee was the first warning the household had of the death.In later versions, the banshee might appear before the death and warn the family by wailing.[11] When several banshees appeared at once, it indicated the death of someone great or holy.[12] The tales sometimes recounted that the woman, though called a fairy, was a ghost, often of a specific murdered woman, or a mother who died in childbirth.Banshees are frequently described as dressed in white or grey, often having long, pale hair which they brush with a silver comb, a detail scholar Patricia Lysaght attributes to confusion with local mermaid myths. This comb detail is also related to the centuries-old traditional romantic Irish story that, if you ever see a comb lying on the ground in Ireland, you must never pick it up, or the banshees (or mermaids – stories vary), having placed it there to lure unsuspecting humans, will spirit such gullible humans away.

This is on exhibit in Portugal at Penumbra Fine art gallery for the Ghost Stories  show with CopyCat Violence artist collective.

Inquiries  Please contact penumbra.art.boutique@gmail.com

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size

8×12, 14×18