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The story of Etain is a very long mythological story that tells of a woman's life beginning in fairyland or a sort of collective "all spiritual" state and is driven form her world to eventually becoming reborn into the physical world. She changes forms many times though out the story going from a sort of goddess, nature spirit, to a mortal woman, and is torn between worlds spiritually because of her great beauty. The butterfly image is used for many reasons, it was her second form, and it was given to her because she is delicate in form and was supposed to be her cursed form. However the form can also be symbolic for the idea of transfiguration though out the story.
Sold! However, the piece was graciously donated to the North Country Arts Council, and is open to public viewing at their gallery at 52 Public Square, Watertown, NY 13601
Size; From one edge of the boarder to the other it is 21 1/2" by 20 1/2".