Halloween



31 October

Halloween has its roots in the Celtic festival of Samhain and the Christian holiday All Saint's Day. One of the most important holidays in the USA, celebrating Halloween has become popular all over the world. Enjoy our selection of spine-tingling pictures and view eerie creatures such as skeletons, ghosts, witches and demons.

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    A female ghost, Meiji era, Japan, c1871-c1889. She shrieks in triumph as she bears off the severed head. Cutting off a defeated enemy's head was the ultimate sign of victory in battle, but here, she even has blood dripping from her gaping fangs, suggesting she has actually bitten off this head. The ghost glides upwards on wisps of cloud in her shroud-like gown, tearing at her hair and glaring from her green, gold-hooded eyes. This painting demonstrates the artist's fascination with the macabre and the supernatural. This tendency was to a large degree shared by the nineteenth-century Japanese public. Many Kabuki plays of the time were peopled with restless spirits of the dead and live ghost story-telling was particularly popular at the height of summer when a cooling shiver down the spine would have been most welcome. JA, JP ADD1096 (1996.10-10.01)

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    God Bes, who disarmed evil spirits with drolleries and laughter, especially during childbirth. Terracotta statue (14th BCE), New Kingdom, Egypt.

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    Paolo and Francesca in the whirlwind of lust and torture. From The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri. Illustration by Gustave Doré, Paris, 1861.

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    A devil wearing eye-glasses. Carved wood

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    "Das Schlangenweib" (the snake woman) Oil on canvas

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    Humbaba,demon genie and guardian of the cedar forests of the Lebanon-range. Period of the Amorite dynasties. In the Gilgamesh-epic,Gilgamesh and his friend Enkidu come cut off the demon's head. 20th-16th BCE Terracotta, H: 6,9 cm Inv. 65662

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    Clay mask of the demon Humbaba, 1800-1600 BCE. One method for predicting the future in ancient Mesopotamia was the study of the shape and colour of the internal organs of a sacrificed animal. A cuneiform inscription on the back of this mask suggests that the intestines have the shape of Humbaba's face. Humbaba was the guardian of the Cedar forest and was defeated by Gilgamesh and Enkidu. The divination expert who made the mask is named in the inscription as Warad-Marduk. The mask was founs at Sippar, the cult center for the sun-god Shamash. ANE 116624

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    Humbaba,demon,genie and guardian of the cedar forests of the Lebanon range. Period of the Amorite dynasties. In the Gilgamesh-epic, Gilgamesh and his friend Enkidu cut off the demon's head. 20th-16th BCE Terracotta, H: 11,5 cm AO 6778

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    Humbaba, demon, genie and guardian of the cedar forests of the Lebanon range. In the Gilgamesh-epic, Gilgamesh and his friend Enkidu cut off the demon's head. From Susa, Sukkalmah-dynasty,early 2nd mill BCE. Sb 6567

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    A nightmare leaves the bed of two girls. Oil on canvas (1783) 85 x 110 cm

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    The three witches. Oil on canvas (1783) 75 x 90.5 cm

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    Der Liebeszauber (Love potion). A naked girl draws sparks from a flint and drips water on a wax heart to conjure up her lover who appears suddenly in the door. Fire in the chimney, flowers, a parrot and a dog are further symbols. Tempera on copper beech. 23.8 x 17 cm.

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    La sorciere - The sorceress, 1897 R.F. 35503

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    Macbeth et les trois sorcieres - Macbeth and the three witches, (1855) Oil on canvas 72 x 90 cm R.F. 2213

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    "Linda maestra" - "Gentle mistress",etching No.68 from the "Caprichos",around 1798

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    Setting for Niccolò Paganini's ballet "Il Noce di Benevento". - "The Witches' Tree". Etching; 1780.

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    Witches' Sabbath, 1789. Oil on canvas, 43 x 30cm.

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    Masks for Lent procession; painted wood. From Imst,Tyrol.

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    Masks for Lent procession; painted wood. From Imst,Tyrol.

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    Demons and monsters. From the Temptation of Saint Anthony, detail of 40-13-01/34, Isenheim Altar. Limewood (around 1515) 260 x 650 cm

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    Demons and monsters. From the Temptation of Saint Anthony, detail of 40-13-01/32, Isenheim Altar. Limewood (around 1515) 260 x 650 cm

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    Saint Anthony. Detail from the Temptation 40-13-01/32 of the Isenheim Altar. Saint Anthony is probably a portrait of the Humanist Guido Guersi. Limewood (around 1515) 260 x 650 cm

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    Allegory of Death,a skeleton around which coils the death-bringing serpent. Around 1695. Limewood, H:88 cm

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    Candelabrum,a skeleton as an allegory of death;from the funeral chapel where the monks lay in state before burial.Cistercian Abbey Heiligenkreuz,Austria. Wood,painted black and silver,partly gilded. 1713 H:225 cm

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