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Lot 518

South African 1938-2016
God is a Rumour II
mixed media on paper
79.5 by 69cm excluding frame

Sold for R 30 000
Including Buyer's Premium and VAT R 34 140

Estimate R 30 000 - 50 000

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Accompanied by a Judith Mason hand-made booklet inscribed:

- From a remark by Dennis Potter, the British playwright, in an interview with the BBC.

"The head spreading the ‘rumour’ is that of the wise crone, or a sybil, or sophia, hiding behind a veil, in front of which is an early Egyptian fertility figure in outline."

Above her, against a pattern derived from mosque decoration are the four pointed ideogram of the ‘nyame dua’, the Supreme God of the Akan in West Africa; a Hopi labyrinth signifying Mother Earth; the Star of David; tantric diagrams and stars.

At the bottom left hand is an image loosely derived from an Indian Naga deity figure of the 2nd century AD, and Mohammed, veiled and a little alarmed, perhaps, at all this femininity, stands at the bottom right-hand corner.  This image is taken from a 17th century Turkish illustration.

The scorch marks of the flat iron attest to the household goddess, the threads thro’ the mouth signify the resistance to women as preachers.

Judith Mason

Purchased from Lieschen Heinze, Chelsea Gallery, Darling, in 2005.

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