Gothic Leopard

CCAC #: 0164
Artwork title: Gothic Leopard
Artist(s): Judith Mason
Year made: 1986
Artwork type: Textile
Medium: Fibre
Dimensions (mm): 1945 x 2775
Edition: 1/3
Source: Donated by the artist
Installation type: Movable artwork
Location area: On public display

Mason’s medieval scene in a starry sky is inspired by Dante Alighieri’s poetry. The tail of a leopard transforms into a snake – Alighieri uses these creatures to represent desire, deception and sin – and its hind legs fuse into a green globe. The snake’s tongue forks into Easter lilies, marking mourning and the joy of resurrected life.

CCAC 433056

Photographer: Ben Law-Viljoen
Photo copyright: CCT

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