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Hand colored ARTIST PROOF Cthulhu R'lyeh woodcut print

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"That cult would never die till the stars came right again, and the secret priests would take great Cthulhu from His tomb to revive His subjects and resume His rule of earth. The time would be easy to know, for then mankind would have become as the Great Old Ones; free and wild and beyond good and evil, with laws and morals thrown aside and all men shouting and killing and reveling in joy."

"The Call of Cthulhu" H.P. Lovecraft

"R'lyeh exsurgebit ubi astra parata sunt" is a faithful reproduction of a page from the rare 15th century Latin translation of the dreaded Necronomicon. The text translates as, "When the stars are right R'lyeh will rise," The figure, whom scholars interpret to be Cthulhu himself, appears to be indicating the correct constellation or alignment required for R'lyeh (his dwelling place) to rise from the sea releasing him from his deathless slumber.

This particular print is an artist proof from the first edition printing which has been hand colored with a mix of genuine serpentine, jadeite, zoisite, sodalite, Minnesota pipestone, vivianite, garnet, turquoise, and bronzite. I've hand colored only a handful of my prints, and this Cthulhu is absolutely unique in its color scheme.

Cthulhu was conceived, carved, and printed by Liv Rainey-Smith on a 9 x 12 inch woodblock, & 11 x 14 inch cream Rives BFK paper, with oil-based ink, and an etching press. No deities, forbidden tomes, or dreamers were harmed in the making of this art.

Shipped flat and well protected.

Grey watermark on image above does not appear on actual prints. Images 2-5 are glimpses into the creation of the now sold-out first edition.

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Hand colored ARTIST PROOF Cthulhu R'lyeh woodcut print


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