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Folklore Collection

"Folklore: Unveiling the Mysteries of the Equilibrium of Opposites" Step into a world where ancient symbols and enigmatic tales intertwine

Background imageFolklore Collection: El Jaleo, 1882. Artist: Sargent, John Singer (1856-1925)

El Jaleo, 1882. Artist: Sargent, John Singer (1856-1925)
El Jaleo, 1882. Found in the collection of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

Background imageFolklore Collection: The Walkuren (Valkyrien), ca 1899

The Walkuren (Valkyrien), ca 1899. Found in the Collection of Biblioteca de Catalunya

Background imageFolklore Collection: Baphomet by Eliphas Levi - Equilibrium of Opposites

Baphomet by Eliphas Levi - Equilibrium of Opposites
Baphomet - associated with a " Sabbatic Goat" image drawn by Eliphas Levi (shown here), containing binary elements representing the " sum total of the universe" (e.g)

Background imageFolklore Collection: Baphomet - Equilibrium of Opposites

Baphomet - Equilibrium of Opposites
Baphomet - associated with a " Sabbatic Goat" image drawn by Eliphas Levi (on which this illustration is based)

Background imageFolklore Collection: Fairies dance in a circle - Fairy Ring

Fairies dance in a circle - Fairy Ring
He whistled to the merry elves, Were leaping in a ring

Background imageFolklore Collection: Fairies in flight by Florence Mary Anderson

Fairies in flight by Florence Mary Anderson. 1915

Background imageFolklore Collection: Witches of Boscastle MF99_0729_00006

Witches of Boscastle MF99_0729_00006
Witches of Boscastle painted sign

Background imageFolklore Collection: Reconstruction of the Stone circles at Avebury, Wiltshire

Reconstruction of the Stone circles at Avebury, Wiltshire
Reconstruction (after J. Britton) of the Stone circles at Avebury, Wiltshire - The Great stone circle, it is said, was approached by two avenues of 200 stones each

Background imageFolklore Collection: Circle Dance, 1910. Creator: Stuck, Franz, Ritter von (1863-1928)

Circle Dance, 1910. Creator: Stuck, Franz, Ritter von (1863-1928)
Circle Dance, 1910. Found in the Collection of Muzeum Narodowe, Warsaw

Background imageFolklore Collection: The Kitchen-God, 1922. Creator: Unknown

The Kitchen-God, 1922. Creator: Unknown
The Kitchen-God, 1922. The Kitchen God is the most important of Chinese domestic gods who protect the hearth and family, recognised in Chinese folk religion, Chinese mythology, and Taoism

Background imageFolklore Collection: Lokis brood. From Valhalla: Gods of the Teutons, c. 1905

Lokis brood. From Valhalla: Gods of the Teutons, c. 1905. Private Collection

Background imageFolklore Collection: Morella, c1920. Artist: Harry Clarke

Morella, c1920. Artist: Harry Clarke
Morella, c1920. An illustration for Tales of Mystery & Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849). From The Studio Volume 78, [London Offices of the Studio, London, 1919-20]

Background imageFolklore Collection: Cartoon, Mermaids and U-Boats, WW1

Cartoon, Mermaids and U-Boats, WW1
Cartoon, Mermaids and U-Boats. Two mermaids and two fish are disturbed by a German U-boat which has a face like a shark. Date: 1917

Background imageFolklore Collection: Netherlandish Proverbs illustrated in a village landscape

Netherlandish Proverbs illustrated in a village landscape
CH11386 Netherlandish Proverbs illustrated in a village landscape by Brueghel, Pieter the Younger (c.1564-1638); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageFolklore Collection: Costume design for the ballet The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du Printemps) by I. Stravinski, 1930

Costume design for the ballet The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du Printemps) by I. Stravinski, 1930. Private Collection

Background imageFolklore Collection: RF - Grey Andalusian mare running in snow, Berthoud, Colorado, USA. January

RF - Grey Andalusian mare running in snow, Berthoud, Colorado, USA. January

Background imageFolklore Collection: Freia, the fair one. Illustration for The Rhinegold and The Valkyrie by Richard Wagner, 1910

Freia, the fair one. Illustration for The Rhinegold and The Valkyrie by Richard Wagner, 1910. Private Collection

Background imageFolklore Collection: Merchant in a fur coat, 1920. Artist: Kustodiev, Boris Michaylovich (1878-1927)

Merchant in a fur coat, 1920. Artist: Kustodiev, Boris Michaylovich (1878-1927)
Merchant in a fur coat, 1920. Found in the collection of Regional W. Wereshchagin Art Museum, Mykolaiv

Background imageFolklore Collection: The Girl. Costume design for the ballet The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du Printemps) by I

The Girl. Costume design for the ballet The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du Printemps) by I. Stravinsky, 1912. Found in the collection of the State Central A. Bakhrushin Theatre Museum, Moscow

Background imageFolklore Collection: LAMBTON WORM

LAMBTON WORM
The Lambton heir kills the loathsome worm, but is cursed because he fails to kill the first living thing he then meets - his own father!

Background imageFolklore Collection: Illustration for The Edda. Artist: Rackham, Arthur (1867-1939)

Illustration for The Edda. Artist: Rackham, Arthur (1867-1939)
Illustration for The Edda. Private Collection

Background imageFolklore Collection: Irish sea serpent off Kilkee, Ireland

Irish sea serpent off Kilkee, Ireland
A large and frightening sea monster seen by several people off the coast of Kilkee, Ireland. 1871

Background imageFolklore Collection: Devils Quoit CC72_02480

Devils Quoit CC72_02480
The Devils Quoit, Stanton Harcourt, Oxfordshire. Henry Taunt stands by the Devils Quoit no 1 showing the scale of this massive standing stone

Background imageFolklore Collection: Mystical Fog in Fairyland envelopes a Princess

Mystical Fog in Fairyland envelopes a Princess
At any moment, in fairyland, mysterious mists are apt to descend and enshroud the Princess and, next thing she knows... well, if you re a Princess, ANYthing can happen - by Florence Mary Anderson

Background imageFolklore Collection: The Lantern Spectre by Katsushika Hokusai

The Lantern Spectre by Katsushika Hokusai
Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) - The Lantern Spectre. A burning paper lamp takes on the aspect of a spectral face - one of a set of Ghosts and Goblins. Date: circa 1810

Background imageFolklore Collection: The Ride of the Valkyries

The Ride of the Valkyries. Found in the collection of Nationalmuseum Stockholm

Background imageFolklore Collection: The baptism of the residents of Kiev in 988. Artist: Lebedev, Klavdi Vasilyevich (1852-1916)

The baptism of the residents of Kiev in 988. Artist: Lebedev, Klavdi Vasilyevich (1852-1916)
The baptism of the residents of Kiev in 988. Private Collection

Background imageFolklore Collection: The Key of Solomon (Clavicula Salomonis), Early 18th century. Artist: Anonymous

The Key of Solomon (Clavicula Salomonis), Early 18th century. Artist: Anonymous
The Key of Solomon (Clavicula Salomonis), Early 18th century. Private Collection

Background imageFolklore Collection: Easter Egg decorated with beads, folklore, traditional Hungarian

Easter Egg decorated with beads, folklore, traditional Hungarian

Background imageFolklore Collection: The Door-God - Military, 1922. Creator: Unknown

The Door-God - Military, 1922. Creator: Unknown
The Door-God - Military, 1922. Menshen are divine guardians of doors and gates in Chinese folk religions, used to protect against evil or encourage the entrance of positive energies

Background imageFolklore Collection: Elf with iris flowers, ca. 1886-1890. Creator: Mucha, Alfons Marie (1860-1939)

Elf with iris flowers, ca. 1886-1890. Creator: Mucha, Alfons Marie (1860-1939)
Elf with iris flowers, ca. 1886-1890. Private Collection

Background imageFolklore Collection: The Kings Men CC72_02440

The Kings Men CC72_02440
The Kings Men, Rollright Stones, Oxfordshire. Two women in Edwardian dress near the largest stone in the circle. Legend states that the monument was formed when a king

Background imageFolklore Collection: Werewolves, illustration for Legendes Rustiques

Werewolves, illustration for Legendes Rustiques
CHT170907 Werewolves, illustration for Legendes Rustiques by George Sand (1804-76) 1858 (litho) by Sand, Baron Dudevant Jean Francois Maurice (1823-89); Bibliotheque des Arts Decoratifs, Paris

Background imageFolklore Collection: Odin Hanging on the World-Tree. Illustration for The Edda: Germanic Gods and Heroes

Odin Hanging on the World-Tree. Illustration for The Edda: Germanic Gods and Heroes by Hans von Wolzogen. Private Collection

Background imageFolklore Collection: A fire-breathing dragon - Florence Mary Anderson

A fire-breathing dragon - Florence Mary Anderson
" Where are you, my Gaston, " she called. A princess and a fire breathing dragon - illustration by Florence Mary Anderson. 1915

Background imageFolklore Collection: Odin and Fenrir, Freyr and Surt. From Valhalla: Gods of the Teutons, c. 1905

Odin and Fenrir, Freyr and Surt. From Valhalla: Gods of the Teutons, c. 1905. Private Collection

Background imageFolklore Collection: Binding of Fenris. From Valhalla: Gods of the Teutons, c. 1905

Binding of Fenris. From Valhalla: Gods of the Teutons, c. 1905. Private Collection

Background imageFolklore Collection: Der Ring des Nibelungen, 1897

Der Ring des Nibelungen, 1897. Private Collection

Background imageFolklore Collection: The Queen of Sheba before the Temple of King Solomon in Jerusalem, ca 1630-1634

The Queen of Sheba before the Temple of King Solomon in Jerusalem, ca 1630-1634. Artist: Bray, Salomon de (1597-1664)
The Queen of Sheba before the Temple of King Solomon in Jerusalem, ca 1630-1634. Private Collection

Background imageFolklore Collection: Meadow Elves (The fairies of meadow). Artist: Blommer, Nils Jakob (1816-1853)

Meadow Elves (The fairies of meadow). Artist: Blommer, Nils Jakob (1816-1853)
Meadow Elves (The fairies of meadow). Found in the collection of Nationalmuseum Stockholm

Background imageFolklore Collection: Wotans Farewell and Magic Fire. Artist: Hendrich, Hermann (1854-1931)

Wotans Farewell and Magic Fire. Artist: Hendrich, Hermann (1854-1931)
Wotans Farewell and Magic Fire. Private Collection

Background imageFolklore Collection: The circumcision of Christ. Artist: Barocci, Federigo (1528-1612)

The circumcision of Christ. Artist: Barocci, Federigo (1528-1612)
The circumcision of Christ. Private Collection

Background imageFolklore Collection: Campaign to Chersonesos by Vladimir the Great, 1904

Campaign to Chersonesos by Vladimir the Great, 1904. Private Collection

Background imageFolklore Collection: Ultrafashionable lady. Costume design for the ballet The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du Printemps)

Ultrafashionable lady. Costume design for the ballet The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du Printemps) by I. Stravinsky, 1912. Found in the collection of the State Central A

Background imageFolklore Collection: Coventinas well

Coventinas well (Roman) Carrawborough, Northumberland Date: 1893

Background imageFolklore Collection: Alsatians in regional costume, 1870

Alsatians in regional costume, 1870
LSE4089853 Alsatians in regional costume, 1870. by French School, (19th century); Bibliotheque des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France; (add.info.: Alsatians in regional costume)

Background imageFolklore Collection: Valkyrie (1st Act): Sieglinde and her brother Siegmund

Valkyrie (1st Act): Sieglinde and her brother Siegmund. Private Collection

Background imageFolklore Collection: CENTAURS IN INFERNO - 2

CENTAURS IN INFERNO - 2
A band of Centaurs seen by Virgil and Dante in the course of their tour of Inferno




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"Folklore: Unveiling the Mysteries of the Equilibrium of Opposites" Step into a world where ancient symbols and enigmatic tales intertwine, as we explore the captivating realm of folklore. Drawing inspiration from diverse sources such as Eliphas Levi's iconic Baphomet and its representation of equilibrium amidst opposing forces, this collection delves deep into the rich tapestry of mythical narratives. Immerse yourself in John Singer Sargent's mesmerizing masterpiece "El Jaleo, " transporting you to a vibrant flamenco dance filled with passion and intensity. From there, journey to Boscastle, where whispers of witches echo through time in MF99_0729_00006 photograph capturing their mysterious allure. Marvel at the reconstructed stone circles at Avebury, Wiltshire, standing as silent witnesses to ancient rituals and beliefs that have shaped our collective consciousness. Delve into Netherlandish Proverbs illustrated in a village landscape, unraveling centuries-old wisdom hidden within seemingly ordinary scenes. Harry Clarke's haunting artwork "Morella" beckons us closer with its ethereal beauty while reminding us that darkness often lurks beneath enchantment. Brace yourself for an encounter with the legendary LAMBTON WORM - a creature both fearsome and fascinating - whose tale has been passed down through generations. Discover "The Kitchen-God, " an enigmatic figure whose origins remain shrouded in mystery yet holds immense significance in various cultures worldwide. Witness the grace and power embodied by a Grey Andalusian mare running freely through snow-covered landscapes in Berthoud, Colorado - a symbol of untamed spirit amidst adversity. Lokis brood emerges from Valhalla: Gods of the Teutons, offering glimpses into Norse mythology's intricate web woven by gods and legends alike. Lastly, delve into WW1 history with Mermaids and U-Boats cartoon depicting an unlikely alliance between two worlds during times of turmoil.