This detailed gouache painting celebrates the story of Lilith. Before Eve, Lilith was Adam's first wife and his equal, fashioned from clay. She supposedly flew away from Eden after refusing to be subservient to Adam and wanting her freedom.. Originally portrayed as a demon, from whom women had to protect their children and men had to be wary of seduction, in the 1960's she was also seen as a model for independent powerful women. The dual Liliths portrayed are grey, like the clay from which they were fashioned. She has long wild hair interlaced with red for protection. The serpent of Eden climbs her arms and pomegranates, which may have been the forbidden fruit, lie on the beach. A nighttime painting, as Lilith means darkness, was known as a night owl and as a demon of the night. A hamsa lies between the two figures.
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