Limited edition run of 130, signed and numbered by the artist.
Dimensions: 320 x 225 mm.
The Janus Figure is located just off the Belleek to Kesh main road, which crosses Boa Island in Lough Erne, & is signposted on the right for Caldragh Cemetery. Interesting that such a pagan idol should be sitting so comfortably among so many Christian headstones & on holy ground too- being over 2,000 years old this sculpture predates Christianity in Ireland. The Janus Figure is so named due to it’s similarity to the Roman deity Janus which also had two faces- one looked to the future while the other looked towards the past. The Egyptians & the Greeks had something similar.
One of the most enigmatic & remarkable stone sculptures in the country, this figure is thought to represent a celtic god on the side shown in this painting, & to have the celtic goddess of war, Badb, on the other more worn side- from which the Boa Island name is thought to be derived. In Irish mythology Badb sometimes took the form of a carrion crow, most notably on the shoulder of the warrior Cú Chulainn of Ulster when he died in battle against the forces of Queen Maeve of Connacht. At other times Badb could take the form of a she-wolf.
For this drawing I visited the site in the depths of winter when the snowdrops were out brightening up a quiet dreary damp day. I was glad to see the place in a somewhat uncared for state as this only adds to the mystique & spiritual atmosphere of this unique location. Too many times I have come across ancient sites manicured & signed beyond redemption- this one is truly a hidden mystical gem.