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Images of Lilith, Historical, Modern and Fantastic
The Religion eZine - Lilith
Sumerian/Assyrian Terra Cotta Relief of Lilith:
This is a classic example of Lilith, shown with wings and wearing a multiple-horned mitre, both characteristic of Sumerian portraits of high divinity (much like a halo in Christian art). In her hands she carries farming tools/round wooden knives which are used for planting and sowing crops, but can also double as weapons in times of war.
Bird-feet is typical of most ancient Lilith sculptures and engravings. The lion and owl are sacred animals to Lilith because they are both creatures that feed and protect their young, and do so viciously and without fear. Thus Lilith is also a goddess of protection, in addition to agriculture/fertility. Collection of Col. Norman Colville.
Side View of the Relief
Sumerian Statue - Protectorate Lilitu:
This partially broken statue has been reassembled together by archeologists. It was found in Sumerian ruins, in what is now believed to be a small temple to Lilith. The statue is unique because it is one of very few free-standing statues of Lilith, shown here with bird feet. The statue is worn, but the features are still visible and she appears to stand in a protective and caring fashion.
Greek Statue - Lilith Crying:
This is believed to be a Greek or Turkish statue of Lilith, unearthed in what is now modern Turkey. Her wings have been broken off, as have her feet and lower torso.
Babylonian Clay Plaque:
This baked clay plaque from the Old Babylonian period (2000-16000 BC). It shows Lilith standing on the backs of two goats, which were used primarily for food and milk (and thus symbolic of motherhood). Lilith is again show with bird feet and wearing a multiple-horned mitre as a sign of divinity. Paris, Louvre.
Possibly a fake 'Roman Period' with copy of Burney relief. It was auctioned around the turn of the 21st Century and auction records are kept confidential. Both the owner and the buyer are unknown and the piece has never had its age or authenticity verified. If it is a real Roman lamp, then its possible it was made during the time when the Roman Empire had spread east-ward, taking over much of the middle-east. Furthermore, it bears a startling resemblance to both the Babylonian plaque and the Sumerian relief above.
Judeo-Christian - Lilith, Adam & Eve:
The Judeo-Christian version of Lilith frequently compares Lilith with Satan and the snake. It demonifies Lilith, taking away her bird feet and replacing it with a serpentine tail. All of the images below were created during the 1400s to 1500s in Europe, a period which is heavily laced with superstitious gynophobia and misogyny.
The images are NOT based upon the Bible on ben-Sira, but are instead based upon warped versions of the Judeo-Christian myth with a heavier emphasis on Satan and the snake. Keep in mind that at this point in history most people were illiterate and the Christian belief that the snake is Satan had not yet been established.
15th century Lutwin's Temptation.
15th century Manuscript Illumination.
Brothers Limbourg, Franco-Flemish, 1411-1416.
Hugo van der Goes, 1467/8.
Bosch's Paradise, Prado, Madrid, c. 1510.
Titian, c. 1570.
Notre Dame Cathedral
Detail from a Miniature, Florence.
Sistine Chapel Ceiling
In modern years, Lilith has become an iconic symbol and is often depicted as a succubus, an earth goddess, a sex goddess and a feminist symbol. During 1996 there was a sudden rush in Lilith art, coinciding with the women's music festival "Lilith Fair".
Lady Lilith, Dante Gabriel Rossetti - 1868
Lilith, John Collier - 1892
Lilith, Kenyon Cox - 1892
Lamia, John William Waterhouse - 1905
Lamia, John William Waterhouse - 1909
Lilith, AbelPann - 1926
Lilith and the Double Victory of Samothrace, SalvadorDali - 1966
Lilith, J. K. Black - 1980
Lilith, H. R. Giger - 1985
Lilith, Linda Falorio - 1991
Eve, Adam-Kadmon, Adam and Lilith, Jean-Marie Bottequi - 1993
Lilith, Susan Aaron-Taylor - c. 1994
Lilith, Sandra Stranton - 1994
Lilith, Fay Pomerance - c. 1995
Lilith Creation, Lilian Broca - 1995
Lilith, the Snake, With her Goddess Self, Lilian Broca - 1995
Lilith, Davide Bigazzi - 1996
Lilith, Ariadne - 1996
Untitled Lilith, Asher Humm - 1996
Lilithin Solitude, Asher Humm - 1996
Lilith Fair Logo-1996
Fantasies of the Sea Lilith, Sierra Leone Post Office - 1996
Trinkets, Jai Bhagavan Ltd. - 1996
Lilith, Fortunato Caragliano - 1996
Lilith and Medusa Triptych, Morgan Drex - 1997
LilithasCelebrant, Floralyn Groff Flory - 1997
Lilith, Allison Merriweather - 1997
Black Angel, Luis Royo
Blue Lilith, Charles Moffat - 1999
(Lilith) Above the City, Charles Moffat - 2000
Lilith by the Red Sea, Charles Moffat - 2000
Autumn Lilith, Charles Moffat - 2000
Forest Lilith, Charles Moffat - 2000
Scary Lilith, Charles Moffat - 2000
Marilith, Charles Moffat - 2000
The Suited Succubus, Charles Moffat - 2000
Headache (Girl with Lilith Tattoo), Charles Moffat - 2001
Succubus in Corset, Charles Moffat - 2001
Red Lilith, Charles Moffat - 2002
Lilith's Flight, Candice Raquel Lee - 2006
Fantasy, Comic and Erotic:
Lilith as Vampire, Unknown Artist
Lilith, Andy Kubert
Lilith, Boris Vallejo
The Seduction of Lilith, Boris Vallejo - 1979
Lilith, Julie Bell
Lilith in the Darkness East of Eden, Grendel
Lilith, P. J. Felix
Lilith I, Stephane Sabourin
Cyber Lilith (Lilith II), Stephane Sabourin
Lilith Rules (Lilith III), Stephane Sabourin
Lilith Crucifix, Neon Genesis Evangelion
Lilith I - Joseph Michael Linsner
Lilith II - Joseph Michael Linsner
The First Woman, Ariadne
The Queen of Sheba, Uri Shulevitz - 1989
Lilith as Vampire, Raul Fernandez - 1995
Lilith I, Michel Desimon - c. 1936
Lilith II, Michel Desimon - c. 1936
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