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Capricorn Constellation Linocut in Black and White - Constellations of the Zodiac Collection, Capricorn the Fish-tail Goat

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The black stars and silhouette of Capricornus the goat with the fish-tail are illustrated in this handmade block print. Capricorn (♑) is the tenth astrological sign in the Zodiac, originating from the constellation of Capricornus. This is a unique artist's proof in black on white kozo (or mulberry) paper; you can find an edition in silver on black too. The print is 7" by 10.25" or 17.8 cm by 26.7 cm. The word Capricornus (the name of the constellation) and symbol ♑ appear at the bottom of the image. The lines linking the constellation appear in black-on-white or white-on-black as appropriate. There are several star clusters, shown as circles.

If you imagined all celestial bodies we see in the night sky as mapped onto a sphere (the Celestial Sphere) around our Earth, the ecliptic would be the line you would draw to map the apparent path of the Sun through the various constellations. The ecliptic is marked as the dashed line in this print.

Capricornus was recognized by Ptolemy. It is located in a part of the sky known as The Sea or the Water, and is near other water-themed constellations Aquarius, Pisces and Eridanus. It's fascinationg how we a) see a group of stars and a constellation and often agree upon groupings across cultures and b) decide what the shape delineated by the stars might represent. Apparently we decided that this particular, faint group of stars was a goat-fish as early as the Bronze Age, at least in Babylon. Unlike some constellations which seem to have the same interpretation across many cultures, you may not be surprised to learn that the Chinese do not view this a goat-fish. Rather, these stars are within in The Black Tortoise of the North.

The constellation overhead at a person's birth was thought to provide insight into their character and fate. Well into the Renaissance, medical doctors were expected to be trained in astrology, as it was deemed an important diagnostic tool. Though today, astronomy tells us that Sun now appears in the constellation Capricorn from January 19 to February 15, the traditional dates which determine a Cancer 'sun sign' are from December 22 to January 20.

The edition in silver on black (also shown in one photo) is available here: https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/112991178/capricorn-constellation-linocut
The black stars and silhouette of Capricornus the goat with the fish-tail are illustrated in this handmade block print. Capricorn (♑) is the tenth astrological sign in the Zodiac, originating from the constellation of Capricornus. This is a unique artist's proof in black on white kozo (or mulberry) paper; you can find an edition in silver on black too. The print is 7" by 10.25" or 17.8 cm by 26.7 cm. The word Capricornus (the name of the constellation) and symbol ♑ appear at the bottom of the image. The lines linking the constellation appear in black-on-white or white-on-black as appropriate. There are several star clusters, shown as circles.

If you imagined all celestial bodies we see in the night sky as mapped onto a sphere (the Celestial Sphere) around our Earth, the ecliptic would be the line you would draw to map the apparent path of the Sun through the various constellations. The ecliptic is marked as the dashed line in this print.

Capricornus was recognized by Ptolemy. It is located in a part of the sky known as The Sea or the Water, and is near other water-themed constellations Aquarius, Pisces and Eridanus. It's fascinationg how we a) see a group of stars and a constellation and often agree upon groupings across cultures and b) decide what the shape delineated by the stars might represent. Apparently we decided that this particular, faint group of stars was a goat-fish as early as the Bronze Age, at least in Babylon. Unlike some constellations which seem to have the same interpretation across many cultures, you may not be surprised to learn that the Chinese do not view this a goat-fish. Rather, these stars are within in The Black Tortoise of the North.

The constellation overhead at a person's birth was thought to provide insight into their character and fate. Well into the Renaissance, medical doctors were expected to be trained in astrology, as it was deemed an important diagnostic tool. Though today, astronomy tells us that Sun now appears in the constellation Capricorn from January 19 to February 15, the traditional dates which determine a Cancer 'sun sign' are from December 22 to January 20.

The edition in silver on black (also shown in one photo) is available here: https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/112991178/capricorn-constellation-linocut

Reviews

5 out of 5 stars
(367)
Reviewed by Katie Nush
5 out of 5 stars
Mar 19, 2018
its beautiful! very cute and packed well, somehow arrived slightly creased in the middle? I love it nonetheless
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Reviewed by Jay Wendy
5 out of 5 stars
Mar 2, 2018
Love it! It’s perfect and just what we were looking for.
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Reviewed by lks61
5 out of 5 stars
Feb 18, 2018
I love this rhino linocut! I can't wait to get it framed & hung.
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Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Height: 7 Inches
  • Width: 10.5 Inches
  • Materials: ink, paper, linoleum, Japanese kozo paper, washi
  • Feedback: 367 reviews
  • Favorited by: 24 people
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