Inspired by the book ‘the moon pool’ by Abraham Merritt I made a portrait of Lakla, Handmaiden of the Silent Ones, as I imagined her.

A girl whose great eyes were golden as the fabled lilies of Kwan-Yung that were born of the kiss of the sun upon the amber godess the demons of Lao Tz’e carved for him; whose softly curved lips were red as the royal coral, and whose golden-brown hair reached to her knees! […] and thus it was that Lakla, the handmaiden of the Silent Ones, and Larry O’Keefe first looked into each other’s hearts!

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