Death and The Maiden - Richard Harris Art Collection. "The genre “Dance and the Maiden” has origins in Dance of the Death. In many Dance of the Death representation, a skeleton personifying Death is shown with a beautiful lady. However, most cases, these are not shown as erotic. But as time passed by, the images became more sensual. Now, dance was not essential, but instead there was intense, intimate and sometimes erotic relationship between the skeletal death and the maiden."
"When I say forever, I mean until the black death of the world. An Ivan means just the present moment, the flickering light of it, in a green field, his mouth on yours. He means the stretching of that moment. But forever isn’t bright; it isn’t like that. Forever is cold and hard and final." - Deathless, Catherynne M Valente
A glass brooch, by Lalique, first quarter of the 20th century The cast and foiled golden-orange glass plaque depicting two crouching maidens amongst flowers and foliage, signed Lalique, maker's mark, diameter 5.5cm.