Lamalia was at the height of bliss. She had sacrificed much, but in turn, she had been able to live out the rest of her days in her lover's arms. She cared not about her impending end, as just to be cherished and held by him was enough. So that his love would be her final memory when she departed the world, she closed her eyes. And, as her last breath escaped through them, she brought her lips to his.
See True Serpent Lamalia.
Lamalia is possibly a derivative of Lamia. In ancient Greek mythology, Lamia was a beautiful queen of Libya and a mistress of the god Zeus who became a child-eating daemon. Aristophanes claimed her name derived from the Greek word for "gullet" (laimos), referring to her habit of devouring children. Often described as having the head and breasts of a woman and a serpent's tail below the waist. Later traditions referred to many lamiae; these were folkloric monsters similar to vampires and succubi that seduced young men and then fed on their blood.
The artwork is an interpretation of the painting The Kiss (Lovers), oil and gold leaf on canvas, painted by the Austrian Symbolist painter Gustav Klimt between 1908 and 1909, the highpoint of his "Golden Period", when he painted a number of works in a similar gilded style. The painting is now in the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere museum in the Belvedere palace, Vienna, and is widely considered a masterpiece of the early modern period. It is a symbol of Vienna Jugendstil—Viennese Art Nouveau—and is considered Klimt's most popular work.
- Artwork by Bastien Lecouffe Deharme.