Maiden from Macrobia

Maiden from MacrobiaIn ancient Greek legends, the Macrobians were a people living somewhere to the far southern reaches of the world, who stood out due to their remarkable longevity (up to 120 years). They were also considered the tallest and most attractive of all human beings, and they apparently had so much gold in their land that they even made their prisoners’ chains from gold. Sources disagree on the Macrobians’ exact location, with some identifying it with Somalia or India. However, other writers position the Macrobian homeland further west, in the region south of the Pillars of Heracles (also known as the Straits of Gibraltar).

For my portrayal I chose this latter interpretation of the Macrobians as a West African people. The markings on this girl’s face are based off an African mask representing a female character.

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