Shantak bird bestiary woodcut print LE of 22 matted

Shantak bird bestiary woodcut print LE of 22 matted


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cotton rag paper, oil based ink, mat board


Height: 8 Inches; Width: 10 Inches

"Winged and whirring, those forms grew larger each moment, and the traveller knew his stumbling was at an end. They were not any birds or bats known elsewhere on earth or in dreamland, for they were larger than elephants and had heads like a horse's," H.P. Lovecraft, The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath

The Shantak-bird is one of the many strange beasts that appear in H.P. Lovecraft's dream cycle tales. I'd been wanting to tackle some of the non-humanlike beings from his stories, and the shantak-bird came to mind as something substantially different from what I've previously depicted. For this piece I also decided to take stylistic inspiration from MS Bodley 764, a particularly gorgeous illuminated medieval bestiary.

This woodcut is from the first edition of 22 signed and numbered prints. It was printed with archival oil based ink on cream colored cotton rag paper. The paper itself measures about 6x8", though I've matted the print with a black acid-free 8x10" mat. If black mats aren't your thing, you can easily slip the print out of the mounting corners and display it as you wish.

Ships polybagged and flat in a rigid mailer with a certificate bearing the edition details.

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