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Centaurides by Susannah Paterson

On an ancient Pictish stone in Scotland (the Glamis Manse Stone) there is the carving of a centaur, holding two axes.  When I first saw the carving I thought it was a woman. As I studied it further I saw it was a male warrior, but I decided to paint the centaur as a female anyway.  Female centaurs are called Centaurides, or a Centauress. The myth of the centaur is Greek, so how a depiction of one appeared on a stone in the north of Scotland pre or early Christian period is a bit of a mystery. Nevertheless, it’s there, and this is my interepretation of that ancient drawing. She’s enigmatic – fierce but not too much. She is a warrior, with the tenderness and femininity too. I’ve come to think of her as a protective symbol or talisman.

The Crescent and the V Rod are common Pictish symbols that appear on many of the stones. Nobody knows the meaning of them which is curious in itself. There are several theories – one of which is that it may be a the sigil for a particular tribe, or it is a symbol of life and death, or it is something astronomical, which is my own guess. Any which way, they are all intriguing.

Large oil painting on Un-Stretched canvas.
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Centaurides

Susannah Paterson

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Size: 120w x 122h cms
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Centaurides by Susannah Paterson

On an ancient Pictish stone in Scotland (the Glamis Manse Stone) there is the carving of a centaur, holding two axes.  When I first saw the carving I thought it was a woman. As I studied it further I saw it was a male warrior, but I decided to paint the centaur as a female anyway.  Female centaurs are called Centaurides, or a Centauress. The myth of the centaur is Greek, so how a depiction of one appeared on a stone in the north of Scotland pre or early Christian period is a bit of a mystery. Nevertheless, it’s there, and this is my interepretation of that ancient drawing. She’s enigmatic – fierce but not too much. She is a warrior, with the tenderness and femininity too. I’ve come to think of her as a protective symbol or talisman.

The Crescent and the V Rod are common Pictish symbols that appear on many of the stones. Nobody knows the meaning of them which is curious in itself. There are several theories – one of which is that it may be a the sigil for a particular tribe, or it is a symbol of life and death, or it is something astronomical, which is my own guess. Any which way, they are all intriguing.

Large oil painting on Un-Stretched canvas.
Sign on the front
Certificate of Authenticity .

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