Surma, Guardian of the Underworld - Halloween 2014 Picture

Oil on oil paper.

Done for the Kickstarter project Monster Mayhem! Now live!

Surma is a character in the Finnish mythology of Kalevala. The aquatic monster of Finland is said to guard the gates of the underworld. It has been described as like a mouth with many fangs, or like a dog with the body of a serpent. Anyone could enter the cave and go to the underworld but on return they would be eaten by Surma. Thus he was the perfect guardian.

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