Fortunatar

Fortuń-atar is my fictional deity of the Sahara Desert. She protects travelers and traders, helping to navigate their caravans to safety in the harsh and dangerous desert. Although she is very rarely seen, the sound of singing dunes can signal her presence and protection.

Sometimes the eerie sound of moving sand can be accompanied by a distant, shimmering mirage of a beautiful young woman standing in the hot sand with copper-colored skin and a bright veil. This vision is considered to be a sign of great luck, blessing and fortune. However, one must never approach the mirage, as this arrogant act can bring misfortune, financial ruin and even death to those reckless enough to try.

 

Materials:

Hand cast, sterling silver crown, Indian wedding sari. Porcelain, industrial springs, china paint, mohair. 13.5” (34.5cm) tall.

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