The city of Tiébélé in southeastern Bukina Faso is the home of the incredible decorated houses of the Gourounsie. Each year, women decorate the houses with symbolic designs to protect the houses (in the animist tradition)
"OUR LADY OF THE GRIFFINS" This one was inspired by a statue of a snake goddess from Crete. I have placed her between 2 griffins. These mythological beasts, which are a composite of lion, bird of prey and snake, often appear in Minoan and Mycenaean art.
Sacrifice of the Trojan captives. II—I centuries B. From Vulci, François Tomb. Achilles' sacrifice of the 12 Trojan prisoners at the funeral of Patroclus. Detail from a wall painting in the Francois Tomb, Vulci, BC.