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J.E.Thomas (2017), “Life is a raft…”
Plato once advised us to view life as a raft to which we cling as it transports us down the river. This painting is based around George Caleb Bingham’s “Fur Traders on the Missouri”. However, in this work the cat on the raft becomes the Ancient Egyptian goddess Bastet, both avenger and protector of the Eye of Ra, life itself.

https://www.bluethumb.com.au/j-e-thomas/Artwork/life-is-a-raft

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