Image of Zoroaster, from the 18th century manuscript on alchemy Clavis Artis, attributed to Zoroaster. Biblioteca dell’Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Roma, vol. 1, p. 3. (Source)
Not really knowing what a twentieth-to-fifth-century-BC Bactrian prophet/fire-priest would look like, the illustrator decided to depict him wearing a tasteful red frock over clerical garments, elegant white shoes made for riding his mutant, fire-spitting gecko, and a papal tiara, because after all, he was sorta involved in some religion or something…and who doesn’t love a good papal tiara?
The Ex-Pope Benedict XVI, that’s who.
David de la Mano and Pablo S. Herrero
“Memento Mori” coffin pendants 16c,
Stuart memorial jewellery 1660-1714
Charles I’s miniature portrait,
Charles II memorial rings 1684,
Silver box with memorial jewels
Five of the jewels with monograms in gold wire; one with a skeleton and MEM.MORI. The memorials late 17th or early 18th c, set in an 18th-century box. British Museum
The Amazon by Sir John Lavery (1856-1941) oil on canvas, 1911
Black Widow - Leo Peralta
Paolo Veronese, Mars Undressing Venus, c. 1570s