Yahweh and Asherah, His Wife

Brian Cote's avatar Brian Cote

Here are the divine pair of the pagan Israelites, Yahweh and Asherah, seen here in their role as the embodiment of the masculine and the feminine in the human spirit. Behind them is an angel, ringed with eyes, radiating an energy that dissolves the distinction between the sacred and secular. Below them is a bull that acts as a conduit through which Yahweh's power enters our world. The divine pair hover over the bull in what is a common, ancient Near Eastern symbol of their supreme power. The bull rests on a pedestal from which an "all-seeing" eye gazes out. This represents the limitations of humanity's sense perceptions, which are the foundation of man's belief in the duality of the profane and the divine. Finally, humanity itself is depicted by the throng of grasping hands, stretched upwards, ever seeking, ever grasping for a divinity that is out of reach to the senses and yet whose power and presence radiate throughout themselves and all of creation.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1"
  • Medium: Digital Painting
  • Width: 11"
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: 17"