Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Another little ink piece using the brush for linework; this is Gorgyra, a Greek Underworld nymph. Her name means 'Drain', according to Aaron over at Theoi.com, but I wonder if it might be more like 'Rushing Whirlpool' or somesuch. Not that I know Greek, but 'gyre' comes from the Greek and means 'whirlpool', while there are a whole bunch of words in modern Greek that start with gorgo- or similar and refer to speed. Just a guess. At any rate it's more poetic than 'Drain'!
She was the wife of Akheron, the God of the Underworld river of the same name. She was also called Orphne, and may represent the darkness of the river Styx.