hand of glory ii

Estragon: What about hanging ourselves?
Vladimir: Hmm. It’d give us an erection.
Estragon: (highly excited). An erection!
Vladimir: With all that follows. Where it falls mandrakes grow. That’s why they shriek when you pull them up. Did you not know that?
Estragon: Let’s hang ourselves immediately!

Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot.

again

pencil and pastel on paper, 210 x 297 mm, 2014

pencil and pastel on paper, 210 x 297 mm, 2014

 

‘hand of glory’ is thought to be derived from ‘mandrake’ as folk etymology might have it, & mandrake seems to be related to fertility, sleep, hallucinations, & death.

 

the root of the mandrake is the shape of a man & screams when dragged from the earth

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