Vaclovas Ratas

(Australia, Lithuania 25 Feb 1910 – 03 Jan 1973)

Jūratė and Kastytis, from the series The Ravens

Location
Not on display
Further information

This print illustrates the popular Lithuanian fairytale 'Jūratė and Kastytis', in which the Goddess Jūratė (sometimes described as a mermaid) who lived in an amber castle under the sea, ruled the sea and sea-life. She was disturbed one day by a young fisherman Kastytis, and they fell in love. Perkūnas, the Thunder God, was jealous and destroyed her amber castle in his anger; today, pieces of amber washed up on the seashore are ascribed to this event.

Year
1937
Media
Print
Medium
wood engraving
Dimensions
9.9 x 10.0 cm
Credit
Gift of Ramona Ratas 1990
Accession number
111.1990.2