Salome Decapitated

“I am in great anxiety. I write these things to you, that when you have heard them you may be grieved for me. For as my daughter Herodias, who is dear to me, was playing upon a pool of water that had ice upon it, it broke under her and all her body went down, and her head was cut off and remained on the surface of the ice. And behold, her mother is holding her head upon her knees in her lap, and my whole house is in great sorrow.”

–From “Letter of Herod to Pilate the Governor“, in a manuscript of the 6th or 7th century BCE

–Drawing by André Breton

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