Watercolors, 44 x 31 cm
The beautiful text the right lizard is encircling is by my wonderful friend =starrynienna
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The text on the left side is the translation of an medieval bestiary originally written in latin.
Here again the complete text:
First the excerpt, as we had to shorten her original writing so it would fit on the page.The lizard is a creature of the light and only warmth filleth it with life. Therefore when the darkness of the night falleth, the lizard shall become petrified and without movement. Alas, it resteth not in its enchanted sleep, and its blood shall turn cold in the dark. Thus it must encounter the heat of its kindred; a touch of its own kin awakenth it from its despair, and its fire warmeth its corpus with life. Its scale shall thus regain its splendor, and its blood shall flow anew in its veins.
And secondly the Original complete text. You can find parts of this still somewhere around the lizzards.The lizard is a serpent of feet, and thou shalt know it from this: it shineth in the color of the clear lake when the ray of the sun reacheth its wave. For the lizard is a creature of the light; it resteth in the warm, and the ray of the sun filleth it with life. Therefore when the darkness of the night falleth, the lizard becometh petrified and without movement. Alas, its sleep is not one of dreams but akin to death, and it shall not find rest in the hour of the night. Thus it must encounter the heat of its kindred, and the warmth of its own kin alone returneth life to its corpus. Its scale shall thus regain its splendor, and its blood shall flow anew in its veins.
Thus spoketh the prophecy: With the touch of its skin it shall awake thee, one that breatheth thy fire and knoweth the count of thy scales. For it is thy kindred, from the realms where thou in truth belongst, and it shalt seek thee when thou layest in the dark. Thy confinement shall end at once, and thy misery shall dissolve by the light.
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