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Manat and the Manticore

2012, watercolor, 7 x 10.5, by Jenny Badger Sultan

Watercolor, 'Manat and the Manticore', by Jenny Badger Sultan. Click to enlarge THE FORGOTTEN GODDESSES: MANAT

Al-Lat, Al-Uzza and Manat, together called "The Exalted Birds", were three goddesses who had been very important in pre-Islamic Arabian religion.

Manat is the most ancient of the three and also shown as oldest. She holds the threads of life and is responsible for cutting them, as Fate or Nemesis. I put the Manticore with her, as it also has a fearsome aspect. It is a Persian legendary creature known for its 3 rows of sharp teeth and stinging tail.
Detail of 'Manat and the Manticore', a watercolor by Jenny Badger Sultan. Click to enlarge

See also watercolors of Al-Lat and Al-Uzza, and an acrylic group-portrait, The Exalted Birds.

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