Peter Clarke (1929 - )
Charon, The Ferryman

mixed media
50 x 35cm

Yes, money certainly has a mystique all its own going far back in time.
Often archaeological digs reveal its presence. Coins are found placed
on the eyes and in the mouths of the dead.
Ancient in its origins, this custom existed in order to pay my fee for ferrying
those deceased across the dark waters of Acheron & into the eternal silence
of the underworld. Sometimes even out of date coins with no current value
were used for this purpose. The symbol, not the substance, was more important.
But, these days, when I ferry the shades across the water of Acheron they
are unaccompanied by coins. The money is elsewhere, in savings accounts & in
a variety of investments, worldly goods, antiques, paintings, property, even
pyramid schemes & Swiss banks. Things & attitudes have really changed. It
is modern times. These days, the ferryman, unthought of, receives no fee for
the service he renders.

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