Boudicca - by Lisa Kilty. This painting took about 100 hours to complete and is part of a series Lisa is working on about our own cultural history and spiritual roots.
The story of Boudicca, as described by a Roman onlooker, tells that she released a hare from the folds of her cloak in an act of divination before a great battle. The outcome of the battle would depend upon the direction that the hare took. She invoked Andraste –the ancient British battle goddess.
Boudicca was chosen as battle Queen by the tribes and as such she personified Andraste. She raised the hosts of Britain to vanquish the Romans who had raped her young daughters and had had her publically flogged. She is a symbol of great female power.
The roman observer describes her as wearing a multicoloured tunic and having piercing eyes, a long mane of tawny hair and wearing a golden torc around her neck which in ancient times denoted royalty, but also servitude to the people as it is difficult to remove.
Lisa has used a part of the speech that Boudicca made before battle around the canvas - You may choose to die as slaves but…“I, a woman, am prepared to win or die”.
Lisa painted her warriors in the distance and also “Raven Queen” and “Sovereignty” around her as Boudicca also personifies these titles.
Size: 100cm by 80cm,
Medium and mount: Acrylic on deep edge canvas.
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