Red K Elders

BARBELO small edition

BARBELO small edition

November 2022

• Beautiful quality fine art print from my original pencil drawing
• Limited edition of 100 ONLY
• Signed and editioned
• 183 x 263mm approx on 210 x 297 mm paper (A4)
• Printed on heavyweight 315gsm archival watercolour paper
• Epson UltraChrome HD inks.

BARBELO is the supreme female divinity in various forms of Gnostic cosmogony.
She is the primal feminine force, the first emanation of God. In her union with the pure god-force, all came into being.

“It is she who appeared, she who is the perfect Pronoia of the All, the light, the likeness of the light, the image of the Invisible, she who is the perfect power, Barbelo, the perfect aeon of the glory.”

“She became a primal Human, which is the virginal Spirit, the triple male, the one belonging to the triple power, the triple named, the triple begotten one, the androgynous aeon which does not grow old, who came from Its Pronoia.”

“She glorified the Invisible one and the perfect power, Barbelo, for they came into being through her.”

“Barbelo gazed intently into It, the pure light. She turned herself toward It. She gave birth to a spark of blessed light…”

- Extracts from The Apocryphon of John, Short Version

Berlin Codex (BG 8502, 2) & Nag Hammadi Codex  III, 1

Translated  by Michael Waldstein and Frederik Wisse


"For I am the first and the last.
I am the honored one and the scorned one.
I am the whore and the holy one.
I am the wife and the virgin.
I am the mother and the daughter.
I am the members of my mother.
I am the barren one
and many are her sons.
I am she whose wedding is great,
and I have not taken a husband."

- from The Thunder, Perfect Mind

Written in Coptic, The Thunder, Perfect Mind was found at Nag Hammadi in 1945. It is a long and intensely potent, divinely contradictory riddle-like declaration from a female (sometimes androgynous) deity. The author, date, and place of composition are unknown, but it seems that the text was originally composed in Greek well before 350 C.E., the approximate date of the Coptic manuscript. Read the entire astonishing utterance here:


All prints come beautifully wrapped in tissue and ribbon, in a robust flat card box, with a hand written message included. Gift messages can also be included.
Worldwide shipping available.

With thanks to the delectable musing of Sara Pinna