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APOTROPAIOS by Daniel Schulke

APOTROPAIOS by Daniel A. Schulke is an image drawn from the corpus of artwork made manifest for his recent book Idolatry Restor’d (Three Hands Press), and for his second book in the Gammaeas dyad (Xoanon Publishing). Both of these volumes consider different aspects of magical images and their making. Drawing on a deep reservoir of European magic as practiced by both magicians and the common people, the stela takes as its theme protection from fascination. Like the well-known SATOR-ROTAS-OPERA-AREPO square of antiquity, certain words, symbols, and images have long been thought to prevent the intrusion of malefic magic. Perhaps the most ancient forms of this type of image-magic is the overt and fetishistic representation of genitalia, and grotesques such as the Greek Gorgones. Such images were often found on or over portals and doorways, preventing the passage of malefactors and the uninvited. APOTROPAIOS aligns a multiplicity of such image-vectors for the presentation of a unified Arcanum of the Magical Sentinel.


17 x 24 inches. Hand screened on gray art paper with black, ivory, green and gold inks.

Limited to 100 numbered copies. Although not shown in the sample photograph, each print is signed and numbered by the artist. $55.00